a euphemism for disabled (usually preceded by an adverb): physically challenged.
deficient or lacking (usually preceded by an adverb or noun and used facetiously): ethically challenged; math-challenged.

Origin of challenged

1980–85, Americanism
Related formsun·chal·lenged, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for unchallenged

Contemporary Examples of unchallenged

Historical Examples of unchallenged

  • This sacramentalism was not unchallenged, as we have already seen from Plato himself.

  • Why should not sight be added to the unchallenged datum of the mind.

    The Dragon Painter

    Mary McNeil Fenollosa

  • He was a man of chivalrous instincts and unchallenged probity.

    Lord John Russell

    Stuart J. Reid

  • Generally, however, as this incompatibility is accepted, it is not unchallenged.

  • For almost a thousand years they have been our unchallenged rule of governance.

    The Princess Dehra

    John Reed Scott

British Dictionary definitions for unchallenged



not having been challenged or questionedthirty years of unchallenged power
Derived Formsunchallengeable, adjective



(in combination) disabled or disadvantaged in some wayphysically challenged performers
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Word Origin and History for unchallenged



as a euphemism for "disabled," 1985, past participle adjective from challenge (v.).

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