Definition of tick box in English:

tick box


  • 1A small box on a form into which a tick or cross is entered as the response to a question.

    • ‘Often many risk assessments are done on the same patient by different professionals, using diverse instruments, tick boxes and forms.’
    • ‘What's more, while they claim to stand against political correctness, they include a tick box for "Ms".’
    • ‘Form A5 has a tick box in Section 3.’
    • ‘On the back of the leaflet is a tick box saying "I will be voting Labour in the election on Thursday 5 May".’
    • ‘I wondered if the registration form had a discreet tick box somewhere near the bottom, indicating that if all experiments went successfully, the organizers should not expect the attendee to return.’
    • ‘How about having a small patient 'write in' box, so the patient can put in a few relevant words - maybe a tick box to say the patient gives permission without having to ask each time?’
    • ‘Meet organizers are encouraged to put a tick box on the mandatory run report indicating safety acceptability.’
    • ‘No space was officially provided for additional views, so residents wanting to comment further were left with little choice but to scrawl notes around the three tick boxes.’
    • ‘They accept that a tick box on the form indicating that Residential Care Allowance could be claimed was not completed and not picked up by the council.’
    • ‘He's given us an ugly blue and red form full of tick boxes.’
    • ‘The report also includes a questionnaire with tick boxes for each section and space for individual comments.’
    • ‘"The tick boxes will ascertain information like the patient's age, blood group and important medical history."’
    • ‘Form CIT must be attached to Form PN1 with the seventh tick box in Part 1 marked.’
    • ‘It was decided to include a Polish 'tick box' as Home Office statistics show they account for around 70 per cent of migrants from new EU member states in Eastern Europe.’
    • ‘There is a tick box on all of our contact forms whereby you may opt for no further contact.’
    • ‘Appraisal is not a load of meaningless jargon sprinkled liberally across a ten page grid full of interminable tick boxes.’
    • ‘Since 2000, the application form has included a tick box giving customers the opportunity to have their name placed on the UK transplant register.’
    • ‘She has created a leaflet with exercises and tick boxes for parents of newborns and has had it translated into 10 languages for use by the major immigrant communities.’
    • ‘Funding reparations should be voluntary and provided by a tick box on one's income tax return.’
    • ‘Early indications are that customers are selecting that tick box on the option sheet.’
    1. 1.1Computing (in a graphical display) a small box that, when selected by the user, shows that a particular feature has been enabled or a particular option chosen.
      • ‘The directory tree and tick boxes make setting up a backup job up very quick.’
      • ‘As before, ensure that all tick boxes are clear apart from the one for 'Attempt to use HTTP for all content' which should be ticked.’
      • ‘My browser isn't showing what the answers to the tick boxes are so I've left them all blank.’
      • ‘Browsing to a team will by default bring up the 1st team squad, with the reserves and youth players brought up by a tick box in a drop-down menu.’
      • ‘I've now clicked every menu that I can find and checked that every possible tick box appears to still be in the correct state, but I still cannot solve the problem.’
      • ‘Before firing up the program, it asks which file formats it should open by default, with tick boxes offering an impressive selection of formats.’
      • ‘Operating the software is simple using a series of tick boxes, many accompanied by clickable Help links.’
    2. 1.2[as modifier]Denoting or relating to a procedure or process carried out purely to satisfy convention, rules, or regulations.
      ‘a bureaucratic tick-box exercise’
      ‘a tick-box mentality’
      • ‘It describes the new system as a "tick box" process that "removed the ability of the entry clearance officer to assess credibility of either the college or the applicant".’
      • ‘Some councillors pointed out their Catch-22 situation of having to bow to a "tick box" government.’
      • ‘Was it a sort of paradigm of good managerial practices, policies and procedures, functionally, or was it just a tick box exercise?’
      • ‘There is a tick box culture for targets and I believe this has failed to deliver improvements to frontline services.’
      • ‘The report's co-author said the "current tick box approach gives a simplistic and sometimes false picture of disadvantage, exclusion and inequality".’
      • ‘The presiding tick box culture allowed and even fostered suboptimal assessment.’
      • ‘You are indicating that when it gets down to levels of changing behaviour, attitude and procedures, it is a tick box exercise.’
      • ‘Revalidation by summative annual appraisal, with its sometimes mind-numbing tick box approach, is rightly perceived by Dame Janet to be ineffective in identifying underperforming doctors.’
      • ‘Mathematics exams have become little more than a "tick box test" and fail to teach pupils the skills needed to gain good jobs, according to a new report.’
      • ‘A depressing catalogue of shortcomings is exposed in the 92-page report, which contends that writing skills have been devalued in the "tick box" approach of contemporary secondary education.’
      • ‘I have often heard fellow students say that getting a degree is about 'playing the game' and doing what the university expects of you in a 'tick box' fashion.’
      • ‘You get quite a few that do it for the tick box syndrome, because they have got to show evidence of their performance.’
      • ‘Among the topics were personal experiences of coming out at work, the tick box approach to dealing with discrimination and the need to continue campaigning and lobbying.’
      • ‘"This tick box approach to equal opportunities has led to an inauthentic representation of who we are."’
      • ‘Training police on race relations is "often viewed as a mandatory tick box" exercise despite more than £10m being spent on improving standards.’
      • ‘The point is that the semantics we use are not tick box mechanisms.’
      • ‘Design is seen as being important but is inevitably assessed in the context of large bids in what feels like a 'tick box culture', where compliance and process will take precedence with targets and benchmarking.’
      • ‘"Regeneration" in their constituencies is being reduced to "tick box stuff".’
      • ‘On the other hand, it can be a tick box exercise to protect and to demonstrate that diversity is something within the organisation and the organisation is living up to expectations.’
      • ‘They are lazy, they have been voted in and they have done it for tick box reasons, or they are only interested in the juicy bits.’