unchecked

adjective

un·​checked ˌən-ˈchekt How to pronounce unchecked (audio)
: 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 Prioritize Athletes’ Health and Education Coaches’ control of athletes’ time to the detriment of their academic work or health or having unchecked power to remove an athlete from the team should not be permitted in any educational institution. Donna Lopiano, Forbes, 18 Feb. 2024 While it can be treated with medication, hepatic encephalopathy can be deadly if left unchecked. Korin Miller, Verywell Health, 12 Feb. 2024 As my Times colleague Julia Wick reported this week, conservatives — long convinced that the city by the Bay is a progressive hellhole of homelessness, unchecked crime and drug addiction — are holding their collective noses to cheer for the 49ers in Sunday’s Super Bowl. Erika D. Smith, Los Angeles Times, 10 Feb. 2024 If the pattern is left unchecked, debt will grow to about $100 trillion in the next 20 years. Gillian Brassil, Sacramento Bee, 5 Feb. 2024 Here are six ways climate change is predicted to affect our everyday lives throughout the U.S. by 2100, with more severe consequences if emissions remain unchecked. Olivia Ferrari, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Feb. 2024 An ancient foe, the bacterial infection continues to rage, virtually unchecked, throughout the developing world. Lisa M. Krieger, The Mercury News, 31 Jan. 2024 Onerous regulation driven by unchecked government agencies crushing entire energy industries, jobs and communities are wrong. Gillian Brassil, Sacramento Bee, 5 Feb. 2024 Azerbaijan drove 120,000 Armenians from Nagorno-Karabakh unchecked. Arancha González Laya, Foreign Affairs, 2 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unchecked was in the 15th century

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“Unchecked.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unchecked. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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