un·​su·​per·​vised | \ˌən-ˈsü-pər-ˌvīzd \

Definition of unsupervised 

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

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The state Medicaid program has suspended payments to a Lawrence counseling clinic that is accused of fraud for allowing unlicensed and unsupervised therapists to treat patients. Liz Kowalczyk, BostonGlobe.com, "State Medicaid program halts payments to Lawrence clinic over fraud allegations," 14 June 2018 But the judge, who in 2012 found Webber not guilty by reason of insanity, ordered DHS officials to begin extending Webber some privileges, such as unsupervised grounds passes, as part of a plan to see if Webber can be released. Clifford Ward, chicagotribune.com, "DuPage judge cites lack of progress by mom who killed daughter and is seeking release from state mental health facility," 31 May 2018 Bail was set at $10,000, and Johnson was ordered to surrender his passport, stay away from the victim, and have no unsupervised contact with minors if released. Alana Levene, BostonGlobe.com, "Dorchester charter school teacher accused of sexual assault," 30 May 2018 Monica Newcombe, 22, and Heather Lauro, 42, walked past the Black Forest Bakery in Lindenhurst, New York, and decided to steal the unsupervised walker outside. Josh Magness, miamiherald, "Video shows robber using chokehold on man in walker before stealing $300, NY cops say | Miami Herald," 24 Apr. 2018 Numerous people had unsupervised access to the home in that time. Alexandra Kukulka, chicagotribune.com, "Police: 3 vehicles stolen in Glenview on the same day," 22 June 2018 Virtually every therapist who came in contact with Rivera at the Lawrence clinic was unlicensed and unsupervised, her family said. Liz Kowalczyk, BostonGlobe.com, "State Medicaid program halts payments to Lawrence clinic over fraud allegations," 14 June 2018 Lin was enthusiastic about studying architecture, but the university’s architecture school would not admit her because it was considered improper for young ladies to work late into the night, unsupervised, with young men. New York Times, "Overlooked No More: Lin Huiyin and Liang Sicheng, Chroniclers of Chinese Architecture," 11 Apr. 2018 Police investigate why children were unsupervised prior to boy's drowning The lifeguard can be seen jumping in with a rescue buoy and bringing the girl to safety. Dana Burke, Houston Chronicle, "Video: Lifeguard saves girl from drowning in Spring neighborhood pool," 28 June 2018

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1899, in the meaning defined above

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