un·​checked | \ ˌən-ˈchekt How to pronounce unchecked (audio) \

Definition of unchecked

: not checked: such as
a : not hindered, slowed, or restrained unchecked growth
b : not verified unchecked data/information

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Recent Examples on the Web The availability of intensive care unit beds throughout Southern California hit 0% Thursday, and officials warned that conditions in hospitals are expected to erode further if the coronavirus continues to spread unchecked. Los Angeles Times, "ICU availability in Southern California at 0%, and it’s going to get worse, officials warn," 17 Dec. 2020 For months, the White House’s unofficial policy was to allow the virus to spread unchecked. Melody Schreiber, The New Republic, "But Really, the White House Should Get Vaccinated," 14 Dec. 2020 Yet despite a contextual label on YouTube saying the AP has projected Biden as the winner of the presidency, the video continues to spread largely unchecked on the platform. Brian Fung And Rishi Iyengar, CNN, "Misinformation channels claim Biden is no longer President-elect. That's not true.," 10 Nov. 2020 Brighton didn’t have an infection control program, allowing the virus to spread unchecked, the suit said. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Westminster Dog Show, Surgeon General cited, Las Vegas casino to debut: News from around our 50 states," 23 Oct. 2020 While Brazil got a handle on the pandemic, the virus has largely spread unchecked in Manaus. Luciana Magalhaes, WSJ, "New Covid-19 Cases Started to Decline in Hard-Hit Latin America," 2 Oct. 2020 Atlas, a neuroradiologist and a public policy fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, has reportedly been advocating a policy of allowing the virus to spread unchecked so the country can reach herd immunity quicker. Helen Branswell, STAT, "Bill Gates slams ‘shocking’ U.S. response to Covid-19 pandemic," 14 Sep. 2020 Results reveal that if emissions continue to go unchecked, every state in the contiguous U.S. will see fewer days with below-freezing temperatures by midcentury (2040-2059)... Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, "Freezing Drizzle and Snow This Weekend - Tracking Polar Air in February?," 28 Jan. 2021 In the bubble that is Clubhouse, pseudo-intellectual monologues from powerful users can go unchecked, leaving them free to promote racist ideas under the guise of posing legitimate questions or playing devil’s advocate. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "A digital pandemic tops off coronavirus woes," 15 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of unchecked

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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24 Feb 2021

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“Unchecked.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unchecked. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unchecked

: not stopped, slowed, or controlled : not checked

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