un·​pun·​ished | \ˌən-ˈpə-nisht \

Definition of unpunished 

: not punished an unpunished criminal/crime an offense that should not be allowed to go unpunished

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To require the [Office of Attorney General] to ignore such evidence of potential criminal activity runs counter to logic and would potentially permit criminal activity to go uninvestigated and unpunished. Peter Smith, Philly.com, "Two Pa. dioceses tried to block grand jury probe into clergy sex abuse, documents show," 29 June 2018 Somehow Sánchez went unpunished, with English referee Ken Aston later claiming that his back had been turned. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 14 Weeks to Go - Chile and Italy Lose Their Cool in 1962's Battle of Santiago," 16 Mar. 2018 Of course, now that Westworld’s robots have gone rogue, the Man in Black may not go unpunished in season two. Lynda Clark, Smithsonian, "How Charles Dickens Imagined a Westworld-like Robot Theme Park Back In 1838," 21 Apr. 2018 Yet most of the crimes have historically gone unpunished, perpetuating an environment of impunity. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "Gruesome rape, murder of Kashmir girl raises tensions," 18 June 2018 One can argue that the 21st-century global economy will not let unilateral tariffs go unpunished. WSJ, "Tariffs Helped the U.S. Economy Find Its Legs," 13 July 2018 Referees, perhaps wise to his constant shenanigans, have become more circumspect in awarding him free-kicks, to the point where several legitimate fouls against Mexico went unpunished. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Brazil is desperately trying to coddle Neymar, whose talent outweighs dramatic antics," 5 July 2018 López Obrador’s proposals address an uncomfortable reality: the masterminds of the violence between competing cartels often go unpunished, while prosecution often targets the most vulnerable. Martha Pskowski, The New Republic, "The Radical Amnesty Plan of Mexico’s Next President," 2 July 2018 Perceptions of corruption have soared as massive acts of graft go unpunished. David Agren, USA TODAY, "Andrés Manuel López Obrador is likely to be Mexico's next president. Who is he?," 29 June 2018

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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