not chartered as a corporation; lacking the powers and immunities of a corporate enterprise: an unincorporated business.
not chartered as a self-governing village or city; lacking the tax, police, and other powers conferred by the state on incorporated towns: an unincorporated hamlet.
not combined into a single body or unit; not made part of; not included: Many unincorporated research notes are appended to the text of the book.

Origin of unincorporated

First recorded in 1705–15; un-1 + incorporated
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Examples from the Web for unincorporated

Historical Examples of unincorporated

  • The device of joint stock might take the form of a fully incorporated body or of a less formal and unincorporated syndicate.

  • Money given by will for the apprenticeship of poor children shall be managed by incorporated towns and unincorporated parishes.

  • In this chapter we will consider first the incorporated, then the unincorporated societies.

    Quaker Hill

    Warren H. Wilson

  • This is due to the fact that in these States incorporated and unincorporated banks are subject to the same regulation.

    Readings in Money and Banking

    Chester Arthur Phillips

  • Thus the highest court in New York declared that an unincorporated lodge, which had been mis-managed, was not a partnership.

British Dictionary definitions for unincorporated



law lacking corporate status
not unified or included
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Word Origin and History for unincorporated

1715, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of incorporate.

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