[uhn-lahy-suh nst]


having no license.
done or undertaken without license or permission; unauthorized.
unrestrained; unbridled.

Origin of unlicensed

1600–10; un-1 + licensed
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Contemporary Examples of unlicensed

  • In the second season she spends afternoons rehearsing for a musical and buying an unlicensed gun for her clone friend.

  • But both in the U.S. and overseas, mechanics who are unlicensed and have not undergone screening are used.

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    Why Planes Fall Apart

    Clive Irving

    April 2, 2011

  • And while practicing medicine without a license is a felony, working as an unlicensed dentist is only a misdemeanor.

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    The Fake Dentist Murder

    Winston Ross

    March 15, 2010

  • “Not for at least six years,” the unlicensed plumber announced.

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    The Wildest Moments From CPAC

    Max Blumenthal

    March 2, 2009

Historical Examples of unlicensed

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for unlicensed



having no licencean unlicensed restaurant
without permission; unauthorized
unrestrained or lawless
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Word Origin and History for unlicensed

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper