Definition of unlicensed in English:


(also unlicenced)


  • 1Not having an official licence.

    ‘unlicensed weapons’
    • ‘They have also been accused of carrying unlicensed weapons and holding false identification.’
    • ‘The IMB has also begun an inquiry into the Sunday World newspaper, which has been running illegal ads for the unlicensed drugs.’
    • ‘The Donkey Kong game was unlicensed by Nintendo and illicit.’
    • ‘Ruetnarong was charged with first degree murder and illegal possession of an unlicensed weapon in a public place.’
    • ‘The raid was part of an Manchester Evening News-backed crackdown by the city council on unlicensed firework sales in the run-up to Bonfire Night.’
    • ‘To the plaintiff's knowledge the defendant was unlicensed and uninsured.’
    • ‘Despite laws against both unlicensed ownership of a cobra and defanging, snake charmers still perform in India.’
    • ‘Somkind said action would be taken against government officials who collaborated with unlicensed shops.’
    • ‘Besides licensed guns, Mulyana alluded to the presence of numerous unlicensed weapons obtained from the black market.’
    • ‘Documents seen by the Yorkshire Post also revealed the company was flouting copyright laws and using unlicensed software on office computers.’
    • ‘The weapon was unlicensed and police kept it as evidence.’
    • ‘To this end an amnesty period of three to six months should be declared to allow those in possession of illegal unlicensed guns to turn them in to the authorities.’
    • ‘Legislators there say they are alarmed at the number of unlicensed, uninsured illegal aliens who are driving in their state.’
    • ‘The second and third defendants are identified as persons who sell unlicensed merchandise at the relevant concert venues.’
    • ‘The arrest was a seizure by seven armed men dressed in civilian clothes who abducted him in an unlicensed car.’
    • ‘The offender was charged with possession of an unlicensed weapon and display of a firearm in a public place.’
    • ‘They carried out a thorough search of the premises for evidence of unlicensed slaughtering operations.’
    • ‘Likewise the supply of the service may be contrary to law, for example, in a brothel or an unlicensed casino.’
    • ‘However, in a particular case the Minister may give an unlicensed ship a permit to operate from port to port along the Australian coast.’
    • ‘Upon the coming into force of that Act on 25 May 1999 the portrait artists continued to be unlawful unlicensed street traders.’
    illegal, unlawful, illicit, against the law, criminal, lawbreaking, actionable, felonious
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    1. 1.1British (of premises) not having a licence for the sale of alcohol.
      ‘unlicensed restaurants’
      • ‘Teenagers opposed to Government plans to relax laws on gambling have welcomed a proposed ban on slot machines in unlicensed premises.’
      • ‘But this version of the Booze Can is not connected to an unlicenced after-hours club that Joseph Morneau, an Iqaluit elementary school teacher and businessman, ran out of the same place in the late 1990s.’
      • ‘‘The potential for alcohol abuse is going to be far greater in unlicensed premises,’ she said.’