Definition of unchecked in English:



  • 1(especially of something undesirable) not controlled or restrained.

    ‘prices rose unchecked, hitting the poor worst of all’
    • ‘How can humanity permit suffering in Africa to go unchecked?’
    • ‘Residents also complained that unchecked and haphazard construction activity came in the way of natural watercourses.’
    • ‘Other changes, if unchecked, could adversely affect all human and animal life on the planet.’
    • ‘If the matter is left go unchecked other people will think they have a free hand to discard all their household rubbish wherever they want.’
    • ‘Fortuyn was an outspoken critic of unchecked immigration and of Islam.’
    • ‘The country can ill afford the luxury of unchecked growth of private vehicle population.’
    • ‘The out of control memory leak remains unchecked while Redmond's Red Adairs grapple to put a lid on the blow-out.’
    • ‘Left unchecked, they lead to major economic problems.’
    • ‘The principle of local control in an era of unchecked economic globalization is at risk.’
    • ‘She has widely been criticized for doing little to combat unchecked corruption.’
    • ‘I, for one, am simply not prepared to sit back and allow simplistic criticism of Airedale Hospital and its staff to continue unchecked.’
    • ‘Nor can incompetence be allowed to flourish unchecked.’
    • ‘Fed chief Alan Greenspan warned their unchecked growth could threaten the financial system.’
    • ‘The next blow came in the conflict's immediate aftermath, as looters ran unchecked through Baghdad.’
    • ‘Just because a country has a huge land area and a relatively small population does not mean it can continue to grow unchecked.’
    • ‘According to Malthus' calculations, the unchecked world population would tend to double every 50 years.’
    • ‘No satisfactory explanation is forthcoming from the home office about why the prison population is rising unchecked.’
    • ‘If allowed to continue unchecked, it could overwhelm the capacity of the receiving countries to cope, leading inevitably to social unrest.’
    • ‘Population, when unchecked, increases in a geometrical ratio.’
    • ‘As highlighted in this column, the rapid expansion of the grey seal population continues unchecked.’
    uncontrolled, unconstrained, unrestricted, unbridled, unlimited, unfettered, unshackled, untrammelled, uninhibited, unconfined, unimpeded, unhampered, unbounded, boundless, unsuppressed, undisciplined, uncontrollable, out of control, out of hand
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  • 2Not examined or checked.

    ‘the broadcast was sloppy, it was unchecked, there was no investigation of the facts’
    • ‘Despite the best efforts of the zoo staff, a large number of plastic items find their way inside the zoo compound, unchecked.’
    • ‘Something of a scatterbrain, his study was populated by stacks of unchecked papers and piles of worn books.’
    • ‘Blood tests showing a former Trowbridge footballer had a rare form of leukaemia went unchecked for a week by analysts and doctors at a London hospital.’
    • ‘Some of the staff said they would call in sick if they came back to work unchecked.’
    • ‘The problem was most of them were incorrect, frequently sourced to unchecked defectors or suspect intelligence.’
    • ‘No detail goes unchecked - field size, use of land, changes to use of land, products employed.’