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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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 In an unscripted moment, Kim invited Moon to stand in North Korea. Eli Meixler, Time, "Here's What Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-In Said to Each Other in Their Historic First Meeting," 27 Apr. 2018 These panels can make for some beautiful, unscripted moments — and also lead to some cringeworthy experiences. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "'Westworld' is latest panel to be killed by fan questions: Here are a few others," 22 Apr. 2018 Reese Witherspoon is entering the world of unscripted TV! Natalie Stone, PEOPLE.com, "Shine On With Reese! Reese Witherspoon to Star in Her First Unscripted Series," 10 July 2018 Hernandez’s unscripted gymnastics routine didn’t end up costing him. Clark Spencer, miamiherald, "Mistakes come back to haunt Marlins in loss to Arizona," 26 June 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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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