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(also British unlicenced)
  • 1Not having an official license.

    ‘unlicensed weapons’
    • ‘Upon the coming into force of that Act on 25 May 1999 the portrait artists continued to be unlawful unlicensed street traders.’
    • ‘Ruetnarong was charged with first degree murder and illegal possession of an unlicensed weapon in a public place.’
    • ‘To the plaintiff's knowledge the defendant was unlicensed and uninsured.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The arrest was a seizure by seven armed men dressed in civilian clothes who abducted him in an unlicensed car.’
    • ‘Legislators there say they are alarmed at the number of unlicensed, uninsured illegal aliens who are driving in their state.’
    • ‘The Donkey Kong game was unlicensed by Nintendo and illicit.’
    • ‘The offender was charged with possession of an unlicensed weapon and display of a firearm in a public place.’
    • ‘The second and third defendants are identified as persons who sell unlicensed merchandise at the relevant concert venues.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Despite laws against both unlicensed ownership of a cobra and defanging, snake charmers still perform in India.’
    • ‘They have also been accused of carrying unlicensed weapons and holding false identification.’
    • ‘The weapon was unlicensed and police kept it as evidence.’
    • ‘The IMB has also begun an inquiry into the Sunday World newspaper, which has been running illegal ads for the unlicensed drugs.’
    • ‘However, in a particular case the Minister may give an unlicensed ship a permit to operate from port to port along the Australian coast.’
    • ‘Documents seen by the Yorkshire Post also revealed the company was flouting copyright laws and using unlicensed software on office computers.’
    • ‘Likewise the supply of the service may be contrary to law, for example, in a brothel or an unlicensed casino.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They carried out a thorough search of the premises for evidence of unlicensed slaughtering operations.’
    illegal, unlawful, illicit, against the law, criminal, lawbreaking, actionable, felonious
    1. 1.1mainly British (of a bar or restaurant) not having a license for the sale of liquor.
      ‘unlicensed clubs do not seek publicity’
      • ‘‘The potential for alcohol abuse is going to be far greater in unlicensed premises,’ she said.’
      • ‘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.’



/ˌənˈlīsnst/ /ˌənˈlaɪsnst/