Definition of tick box in English:

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tick box

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1A small box on a form into which a tick or cross is entered as the response to a question.
Example sentences
  • Form CIT must be attached to Form PN1 with the seventh tick box in Part 1 marked.
  • Form A5 has a tick box in Section 3.
  • Meet organizers are encouraged to put a tick box on the mandatory run report indicating safety acceptability.
1.1 Computing (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.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Operating the software is simple using a series of tick boxes, many accompanied by clickable Help links.
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
More example sentences
  • Some councillors pointed out their Catch-22 situation of having to bow to a "tick box" government.
  • The point is that the semantics we use are not tick box mechanisms.
  • 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.

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