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1(especially of something undesirable) not controlled or restrained:‘prices rose unchecked, hitting the poor worst of all’
uncontrolled, unconstrained, unrestricted, unchecked, unbridled, unlimited, unfettered, unshackled, untrammelled, uninhibited, unconfined, unimpeded, unhampered, unbounded, boundless, unsuppressed, undisciplined, uncontrollable, out of control, out of handView synonyms
- ‘If allowed to continue unchecked, it could overwhelm the capacity of the receiving countries to cope, leading inevitably to social unrest.’
- ‘How can humanity permit suffering in Africa to go unchecked?’
- ‘The country can ill afford the luxury of unchecked growth of private vehicle population.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘According to Malthus' calculations, the unchecked world population would tend to double every 50 years.’
- ‘I, for one, am simply not prepared to sit back and allow simplistic criticism of Airedale Hospital and its staff to continue unchecked.’
- ‘The out of control memory leak remains unchecked while Redmond's Red Adairs grapple to put a lid on the blow-out.’
- ‘The principle of local control in an era of unchecked economic globalization is at risk.’
- ‘Fortuyn was an outspoken critic of unchecked immigration and of Islam.’
- ‘As highlighted in this column, the rapid expansion of the grey seal population continues 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.’
- ‘Population, when unchecked, increases in a geometrical ratio.’
- ‘Left unchecked, they lead to major economic problems.’
- ‘No satisfactory explanation is forthcoming from the home office about why the prison population is rising unchecked.’
- ‘Just because a country has a huge land area and a relatively small population does not mean it can continue to grow unchecked.’
- ‘Other changes, if unchecked, could adversely affect all human and animal life on the planet.’
- ‘She has widely been criticized for doing little to combat unchecked corruption.’
- ‘Residents also complained that unchecked and haphazard construction activity came in the way of natural watercourses.’
2Not examined or checked:‘the broadcast was sloppy, it was unchecked, there was no investigation of the facts’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Despite the best efforts of the zoo staff, a large number of plastic items find their way inside the zoo compound, unchecked.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Something of a scatterbrain, his study was populated by stacks of unchecked papers and piles of worn books.’
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