un·​chal·​lenged | \ˌən-ˈcha-lənjd \

Definition of unchallenged 

: 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

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His judgment remained unchallenged until well after his death in 1959. John Hooper, WSJ, "How a $30 Million Renaissance Masterpiece Was Found," 21 May 2018 Cabella, on loan from Marseille, made the most of PSG's poor defending after a cross from Debuchy was left unchallenged in the visitors' box, breaking the deadlock from close range. Samuel Petrequin, chicagotribune.com, "Ligue 1 Recap: Debuchy own goal costs Saint-Etienne win over PSG," 7 Apr. 2018 This assertion goes unchallenged in the piece, despite bizarre tweets that clearly indicate the tweeter would be Bottini, not Colangelo. Marcus Hayes, Philly.com, "Could Bryan Colangelo have saved his job if he handled Twittergate differently, throwing his wife under the bus? | Marcus Hayes," 9 June 2018 The claim went unchallenged by the show's host, Charles Payne. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, azcentral, "Fox News cuts ties with retired general who called POW John McCain 'Songbird John'," 11 May 2018 Hitters these days focus on power, not contact, and defensive shifts go essentially unchallenged by slap hits or bunts. Jack Dickey, SI.com, "Ichiro Suzuki Gave Baseball a Model of Consistency and Understated Excellence," 4 May 2018 States’ pre-existing credit-for-donation programs, which had proliferated in recent years, had gone largely unchallenged by the IRS. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "As Treasury Targets Workarounds to Tax Law, Impact May Extend Beyond High-Tax States," 27 June 2018 With no public debates, Brown's stay-the-course agenda has gone unchallenged by other Democrats who could make the case for a different direction. Hillary Borrud, OregonLive.com, "Kate Brown poised for easy win in Democratic primary, thanks to union support," 5 May 2018 No Twitter or Facebook then, so radio's status as a news and entertainment media source remained largely unchallenged. Billboard, "Eerie Waves: Memories of an Abandoned Radio Home, From Dido to Whitesnake's David Coverdale (& the Incredible Hulk)," 6 July 2018

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circa 1639, in the meaning defined above

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obstinately defiant of authority

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