without a charter.
without regulation; lawless.

Origin of unchartered

First recorded in 1795–1805; un-1 + charter + -ed2
Can be confuseduncharted unchartered
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not authorized by charter; unregulated
unauthorized, lawless, or irregular


Care should be taken not to use unchartered where uncharted is meant: uncharted (not unchartered) territory
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Word Origin and History for unchartered

1805, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of charter.

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