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[uhn-lahy-suh nst]
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  1. having no license.
  2. done or undertaken without license or permission; unauthorized.
  3. unrestrained; unbridled.
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Origin of unlicensed

1600–10; un-1 + licensed
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Historical Examples

  • 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


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


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

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