un·​script·​ed | \ ˌən-ˈskrip-təd How to pronounce unscripted (audio) \

Definition of unscripted

: not following a prepared script

Examples of unscripted in a Sentence

Her reaction was completely unscripted.
Recent Examples on the Web Packer has been campaigning for Warnock while getting back into production on projects including two unscripted shows filming in the state. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, "Hollywood steps up its role in Georgia Senate races. Will it help or hurt?," 1 Jan. 2021 The contestants must perform six lip syncs to defend their place in the unscripted competition in the season premiere. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "What’s on TV Friday: ‘Doctor Who’; ‘HGTV Dream Home 2021'," 31 Dec. 2020 Indeed, when the Los Angeles Times initially proposed calling reality shows unscripted, a producer who worked on them took exception to that designation as well. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Reality TV' helped shape Donald Trump's image as it blurred the lines of reality," 7 Oct. 2020 The Great Christmas Light Fight Carter Oosterhouse and Taniya Nayak are back as the judges who evaluate the over-the-top efforts by four families in each episode as the unscripted competition returns for a new holiday season. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "What’s on TV Wednesday: ‘Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Musical’ on NBC," 8 Dec. 2020 The unscripted special originally planned for last year was postponed by HBO Max because of the coronavirus. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "20 things to look forward to from the world of pop culture in 2021," 1 Jan. 2021 Discovery Communications is the latest to enter the marketplace with Discovery+, putting the cable programmer's wide array of unscripted series in a $4.99-a-month package starting in January. Star Tribune, "How the plus sign won the streaming wars," 22 Dec. 2020 Meghan delighted viewers of CNN's December 13 CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute special by sharing a few words for the unscripted program. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Meghan Markle Makes Her First Appearance Since Writing About Pregnancy Loss," 14 Dec. 2020 Discovery’s point of difference will be its wide range of unscripted programming, including true-crime offerings from ID, natural history documentaries from Discovery and offbeat reality shows from TLC. Stephen Battaglio Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Animal Planet, HGTV enter streaming arena as Discovery launches new service," 2 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of unscripted

circa 1950, in the meaning defined above

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“Unscripted.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unscripted. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unscripted

: not written or planned at an earlier time

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