un·checked | \ ˌən-ˈchekt \

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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Many are striking edifices in Athens’ old commercial center, whole sections of which were killed by unchecked immigration, riots and Greece’s financial crisis that spawned wastelands of empty, shuttered shops. Washington Post, "AP PHOTOS: Life, and value, for derelict Greek properties," 10 July 2018 Parents allege unchecked bullying at Brecksville-Broadview Heights schools; other parents skeptical of school security measures In March, two pupils found a loaded gun magazine or clip in the high school parking lot. Bob Sandrick, cleveland.com, "Brecksville-Broadview Heights school board wants to stop personal attacks on Facebook," 24 Apr. 2018 The New Britain neighborhood at the heart of a dispute about unchecked blight will conduct a massive volunteer cleanup on Saturday morning. Don Stacom, Courant Community, "Volunteers Target New Britain's North Oak Section For Major Cleanup," 20 Apr. 2018 Globally, climate change and unchecked urbanization are creating conditions in which diseases emerge faster and spread farther. Scientific American, "Social and Environmental Change Drives a World of Newly Emerged Infections," 17 Apr. 2018 Yet the law never could have anticipated the unchecked growth of Big Tech. Michael Fitzgerald, WIRED, "The Court Case that Enabled Today's Toxic Internet," 8 July 2018 The studio building looked … different, mostly since trees and bushes had grown unchecked. Billboard, "Eerie Waves: Memories of an Abandoned Radio Home, From Dido to Whitesnake's David Coverdale (& the Incredible Hulk)," 6 July 2018 During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump repeatedly criticized the rate of immigration under Obama as dangerous and unchecked. Abigail Hauslohner, Washington Post, "How Trump is changing the face of legal immigration," 2 July 2018 Its oily disintegration runs unchecked, yielding a glut of fishy fat fragments too pungent for a delicate poke. Ali Bouzari, SFChronicle.com, "Housemade: The magic of Liholiho Yacht Club," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of unchecked

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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