un·​script·​ed | \ ˌən-ˈskrip-təd \

Definition of unscripted

: not following a prepared script

Examples of unscripted in a Sentence

Her reaction was completely unscripted.

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Turner Sports President David Levy talks about the future of sports media, including escalating rights fees and extracting value from live, unscripted events like sports. Bloomberg.com, "Here’s How You’ll Watch Sports in the Future (Audio)," 30 June 2017 Greene shifts back and forth between re-enactments of a deadly miners’ strike and unscripted pontificating about politics from some of the locals. Noel Murray, The Verge, "The 10 best documentaries of 2018," 18 Dec. 2018 No network is attached to the project, but the pilot episode, to be filmed in July, is backed by heavy hitters in the realm of unscripted television. New York Times, "Sean Spicer Is Testing Out a New Job: TV Talk Show Host," 25 June 2018 For the streaming giant's first foray into unscripted television, five gay men were dispatched to the wilds of Georgia to preach the gospel of hygiene, fashion and confidence to men who live in one of the most conservative states in the country. Jessica M. Goldstein, chicagotribune.com, "'Queer Eye's' Jonathan Van Ness is a one-man meme machine ready to take down toxic masculinity," 21 June 2018 Photo: Tom Fairless The switch toward unscripted events isn’t always seamless. Tom Fairless, WSJ, "Coming to a Festival Near You: Friendly Central Bankers," 28 May 2018 Part of that has been embracing social media (and its stars) and turning to classic MTV formats: unscripted reality shows. Sarah Gray, Fortune, "MTV's New Studio Will Launch Reboots of 'Daria,' 'Made,' and 'Real World'," 21 June 2018 The platform will launch July 17 with Witherspoon’s first unscripted series, Shine On With Reese, followed by decluttering docuseries Master the Mess on Sept. 4. Kristen Bellstrom, Fortune, "Brett Kavanaugh, Reese Witherspoon, Russell Simmons: Broadsheet July 11th," 11 July 2018 The unscripted series will utilize THR’s connections and expertise in the media and entertainment industry to fully explore the events and how the mishaps could have been prevented, as well as how the incidents have left a notable impact on society. Katherine Schaffstall, The Hollywood Reporter, "Hollywood Reporter Teams With Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos for Live-TV Flub Doc Series," 23 May 2018

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circa 1950, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unscripted

: not written or planned at an earlier time

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