Entry from British & World English dictionary
1A small box on a form into which a tick or cross is entered as the response to a question.
- 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.
- 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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