from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having no official license.
  • adj. Done without permission; not authorized.
  • adj. Lacking moral restraint; unrestrained.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Not licensed; not officially authorized.
  • adj. Free from requiring a license.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not licensed; not having a license: as, an unlicensed innkeeper.
  • Done or undertaken without, or in defiance of, due license or permission: as, an unlicensed traffic.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. lacking official approval


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  • However, wireless ISPs, especially ones like his, which operate in unlicensed spectrum, will be harmed by aspects of the legislation.

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  • Lop off the head (the topsites), and the body (the worldwide trade in unlicensed media) falls lifeless to the ground.

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  • So, while they're stomping on you for a minor offence, the long-term unlicensed get a virtual free kick.

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  • This is commonly called unlicensed mobile access (UMA), a name that describes a particular technology rather than the concept, but UMA is the only such approach currently deployed.

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  • Defiant Middlesbrough to name unlicensed Southgate as manager

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  • Those sellers of guns should have been referred to as unlicensed sellers of weapons, rather than as unlicensed "dealers."

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  • The ANC has learnt that the Majola family (whose head and son were active members of the ANC) was wiped out by gunmen on the second day after Empangeni police allegedly raided their homestead on Thursday night (17 July), looking for the so-called unlicensed firearms.


  • Even while he sings most abandonedly, it is ever with a care of his speech, it is ever with ordered words: not one shall dull the clarity of his verse by unlicensed, that is, needless presence.

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  • Grab These Unlicensed Pac-Man Ghost Knockoffs Before a C&D Makes Them Truly Ethereal These USB ghosts are retro-tastically cute, illuminating and completely unlicensed, which is probably why I have the sneaking suspicion lawyers, somewhere, have already fired up whatever software they use to create legal docs. %userName% took away %your% star %userName% promoted %your% comment %userName% approved %you% %userName% took away %your% approval


  • Another contact of mine, a traffic specialist solicitor, claims there is a growing number of drivers he refers to as the "long-term unlicensed".

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