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checked

[chekt] /tʃɛkt/
adjective
1.
having a pattern of squares; checkered (def 3):
a checked shirt.
2.
Phonetics. (of a vowel) situated in a closed syllable (opposed to free (def 28.)).
Origin of checked
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English. See check1, -ed2
Related forms
unchecked, adjective
well-checked, adjective
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  • And at the end of that time it was as it had been before, and the flames raged on unchecked.

    The Hammer of Thor Charles Willard Diffin
  • A glance showed that the ship was holding to its course with unchecked speed.

    The Space Rover Edwin K. Sloat
  • It is not only the body that, unchecked, is inclined to be slothful.

    The Book-Hunter at Home P. B. M. Allan
  • Our passions are not in themselves evil, except when unchecked by reason.

  • This meant the uninterrupted and unchecked reign of the interests.

    The Plum Tree David Graham Phillips
British Dictionary definitions for unchecked

unchecked

/ʌnˈtʃɛkt/
adjective
1.
not prevented from continuing or growing: unchecked population growth
2.
not examined or inspected
adverb
3.
without being stopped or hindered: the virus could spread unchecked
4.
without being examined or inspected: our luggage passed unchecked through customs

checked

/tʃɛkt/
adjective
1.
having a pattern of small squares
2.
(phonetics) (of a syllable) ending in a consonant
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Word Origin and History for unchecked
adj.

late 15c., from un- (1) "not" + past participle of check (v.).

checked

adj.

early 15c., "ornamented with a checkered design," past participle adjective from check (v.2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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