unchallenged

adjective

un·​chal·​lenged ˌən-ˈcha-lənjd How to pronounce unchallenged (audio)
: not questioned, disputed, or opposed : not challenged
an unchallenged assumption
unchallenged authority
… modes of thinking that have gone unchallenged since the time of Newton, Descartes, and even Aristotle.James Bailey

Examples of unchallenged in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At no time did the administration force itself to officially state the war’s objectives and the strategy for achieving them—a failure that allowed the huge gaps in its planning to remain unnoticed and unchallenged. Gideon Rose, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024 History is always instructive: the consequences of leaving populist demagogues unchallenged are disastrous. Chuck Collins, Fortune, 17 Jan. 2024 Trump, meanwhile, held court on Fox News, blithely slinging lies that went largely unchallenged. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, 11 Jan. 2024 The new Chinese films all debut on Saturday (Friday is the normal day for releases in China) and should have an unchallenged two weeks on screen. Patrick Frater, Variety, 7 Feb. 2024 To the larger point of Amazon’s place in California, Flagg stressed its employment of more than 162,000 people, its investments in infrastructure and compensation and its charitable work — all of which are unchallenged and speak to the company’s commitment, if not necessarily its motives. Jim Newton, The Mercury News, 10 Jan. 2024 The Hamas narrative has not gone unchallenged in official Arab media, particularly in Saudi Arabia, which has traditionally been hostile to the movement. Foreign Affairs, 11 Dec. 2023 Electoral neutrality laws in Mexico date back to the 1990s, when lawmakers passed sweeping reforms in response to decades of single-party rule that allowed outgoing president’s virtually unchallenged abilities to select their political heirs. David Shortell, CNN, 22 July 2023 For decades, Zanuck was unchallenged on the Century City lot in his ability to sign young actors. Variety Staff, Variety, 20 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1639, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unchallenged was circa 1639

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“Unchallenged.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unchallenged. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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