un·​su·​per·​vised | \ ˌən-ˈsü-pər-ˌvīzd How to pronounce unsupervised (audio) \

Definition of unsupervised

: not watched or overseen by someone in authority : not supervised unsupervised teenagers an unsupervised visit

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Recent Examples on the Web Outdoor cats that spend a substantial amount of time unsupervised can be expected to live up to seven years. Liam Gravvat, USA TODAY, 24 July 2022 Water safety is a major concern for young children and they should never be left unsupervised around any body of water. Dr. Michael Daignault, USA TODAY, 14 July 2022 In this later, unsupervised phase, courtship activities became more spontaneous. Lora Kelley, The Atlantic, 29 June 2022 Staffing shortages, exacerbated by pandemic burnout, have reduced the number of hall and restroom monitors available in many districts, forcing more closures of unsupervised bathrooms. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 26 June 2022 Goad was also ordered not to have any unsupervised conduct with minors. Tracy Neal, Arkansas Online, 6 June 2022 In a news release on Tuesday, the CPSC warned that these rockers should never be used for sleep and infants should never be left unsupervised or unrestrained in the seat. Angela Andaloro, PEOPLE.com, 15 June 2022 The data from that measurement was then used to train the machine-learning algorithm in an unsupervised manner (meaning the algorithm wasn't told which transformation was which). John Timmer, Ars Technica, 9 June 2022 Police in Bridgeport, Connecticut, said that unsupervised children were seen on Sunday lighting objects on fire and playing with gasoline, according to Fox 5 New York. Adam Sabes, Fox News, 27 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unsupervised

1899, in the meaning defined above

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“Unsupervised.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsupervised. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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