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A term borrowed from engineering meaning that something is uncontrolled. In engineering, feedback is fed back into the input of a system to keep the output under control.

When a person has nobody to check their behavior, they are said to be "operating open-loop."
My kid was running open-loop at home while I was in Asia. Surprised the dog was still alive when I got back.
by FirmwareGuy June 06, 2018
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