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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Pennypacker was one member of a disparate group of lawmakers and social reformers across the U.S. who called for an end to unsupervised fireworks and explosives. Michael Waters, Smithsonian, "The 1900s Movement to Make the Fourth of July Boring (But Safe)," 3 July 2019 With poor water management and unsupervised groundwater extraction, experts said that 600 million of India's 1.3 billion people are facing acute water shortage. Divya Karthikeyan And Swati Gupta, CNN, "'I'm scared for my daughter': Life in India's first city that's almost out of water," 22 June 2019 In 2008, he was advised not to have students in his classroom unsupervised. Scott Travis, sun-sentinel.com, "Broward School Board wants more than 1-day suspension for teacher in hugging case," 12 June 2019 Three days later, Orlando was left unsupervised long enough to construct a noose out of materials in his cell. Washington Post, "Some of the stories behind those involved in jail suicides," 19 June 2019 So far, only Utah has passed a free-range parenting law, which protects the right of parents to let their kids go for periods of time unsupervised. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About the Free-Range Parenting Method," 14 Mar. 2019 One big caveat for free-range parents, though, is that states have widely different laws and statutes about the ages kids have to be before they're allowed to be unsupervised, at home or in a car. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Five Types of Parenting Styles, Explained — And How They Affect Kids, According to Experts," 1 Apr. 2019 In both cases, the school allegedly noted that the victim and another boy, both 8 years old, were alone and unsupervised for 15 minutes but did not tell the parents, according to the lawsuit. Gustavo Solis, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Principal: Student accused of sexual assault no longer at school," 2 Apr. 2018 For starters, Kevin can have Google Home check his calendar, order him new aftershave (no more unsupervised trips to the supermarket), and set reminders to clean the house. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "This Is What 'Home Alone' Would Be Like If Kevin McCallister Had A Google Home," 19 Dec. 2018

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1899, in the meaning defined above

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: not watched and directed by someone who has authority : not supervised

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