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unlicensed

[uhn-lahy-suh nst] /ʌnˈlaɪ sənst/
adjective
1.
having no license.
2.
done or undertaken without license or permission; unauthorized.
3.
unrestrained; unbridled.
Origin of unlicensed
1600-1610
1600-10; un-1 + licensed
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  • You see all this took place because they were dancing in an unlicensed room.

  • They accepted shame, and were one with it in their most unlicensed pleasures.

    The Rainbow D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  • unlicensed Undertakers were not wanting, much to his disgust.

    Sir Walter Ralegh William Stebbing
  • A hoveller is an unlicensed pilot or boatman, particularly on the Kentish coast.

    A Floating Home Cyril Ionides
  • Charles discovered some displeasure at this unlicensed ribaldry.

    The Town Leigh Hunt
  • The unlicensed sale of pop-corn would have been a risky affair.

    Buckskin Mose Buckskin Mose
British Dictionary definitions for unlicensed

unlicensed

/ʌnˈlaɪsənst/
adjective
1.
having no licence: an unlicensed restaurant
2.
without permission; unauthorized
3.
unrestrained or lawless
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Word Origin and History for unlicensed
adj.

1630s, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of licence (v.).

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