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

Examples of unchecked in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The blasts have particularly rattled the country’s Hazara Shiites, who have long feared that the Taliban — which persecuted Afghan Shiites for decades — would allow violence against them to go unchecked. New York Times, 1 May 2022 Sobel noted what’s at stake when antisemitic incidents go unchecked. Ted Glanzer, Hartford Courant, 26 Apr. 2022 In Wisconsin, Robin Vos, the Assembly speaker who has allowed vague theories about fraud to spread unchecked, is now struggling to rein them in. New York Times, 19 Feb. 2022 If left to spread unchecked, the virus will have more opportunities to mutate, which risks the emergence of yet another variant. NBC News, 3 Feb. 2022 The government scientific committee has advised that this rate of infection could lead to more than 1,000 new hospitalizations per day by Jan. 1 if the Omicron variant is allowed to continue to spread unchecked. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 8 Dec. 2021 Allowing the virus to spread unchecked gives it more opportunities to mutate without the blanket of protection vaccines offer at the community level. Syra Madad And Jacob Glanville, CNN, 29 Nov. 2021 Its rise in the U.S. and around the world is alarming, and Holocaust history shows us what can happen when it is allowed to spread unchecked. Alan Goch, sun-sentinel.com, 14 Oct. 2021 Somebody that had a similar conception of the world and really appreciated authoritarianism and this notion of unchecked power. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unchecked

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Unchecked.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unchecked. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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