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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Meanwhile the commission uses its unchecked power to go after center-right business interests that have traditionally backed democratic capitalism. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "Russia in Central America, Again," 8 July 2018 Hispaniola is described as a sweeping period epic about unchecked power and the madness and brilliance bred by its pursuit. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, "Dana Brunetti Launches New Film and TV Company Cavalry Media (Exclusive)," 26 June 2018 Human rights groups say the unchecked power of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) has allowed corruption and cronyism to blossom. Jim Wyss, miamiherald, "What you need to know about Venezuela's presidential election | Miami Herald," 20 May 2018 In the hands of a group like the IRA, that kind of unchecked power can go very wrong. Issie Lapowsky, WIRED, "Russia-Linked Facebook Ads Targeted a Sketchy Chrome Extension at Teen Girls," 12 May 2018 Otis, who would wield unchecked power over an important federal agency, is precisely the wrong person for this moment, just at the time there is reason for optimism. Erica K. Zunkel, Fortune, "Commentary: We’ve Made Progress With Criminal Justice Reform. This Trump Pick Could Undo It All," 15 Mar. 2018 The overarching constitutional concern with independent agencies is that the agencies are unchecked by the president, the official who is accountable to the people and who is responsible under Article II for the exercise of executive power. Ashby Jones, WSJ, "Judge Brett Kavanaugh: In His Own Words," 9 July 2018 During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump repeatedly criticized the rate of immigration under Obama as dangerous and unchecked. Abigail Hauslohner And Andrew Ba Tran, chicagotribune.com, "Trump is making inroads in reducing legal immigration," 3 July 2018 Critics say the system gives too much power to a group of people who operate behind closed doors and essentially unchecked. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska’s secretive parole board has almost unlimited power to release prisoners before their sentences are up. It has never been busier.," 17 June 2018

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First Known Use of unchecked

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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