Entry from British & World English dictionary
Definition of tick box in English:
1A small box on a form into which a tick or cross is entered as the response to a question.
- She has created a leaflet with exercises and tick boxes for parents of newborns and has had it translated into 10 languages for use by the major immigrant communities.
- "The tick boxes will ascertain information like the patient's age, blood group and important medical history."
- Often many risk assessments are done on the same patient by different professionals, using diverse instruments, tick boxes and forms.
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.
- My browser isn't showing what the answers to the tick boxes are so I've left them all blank.
- Before firing up the program, it asks which file formats it should open by default, with tick boxes offering an impressive selection of formats.
- The directory tree and tick boxes make setting up a backup job up very quick.
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
- You get quite a few that do it for the tick box syndrome, because they have got to show evidence of their performance.
- Was it a sort of paradigm of good managerial practices, policies and procedures, functionally, or was it just a tick box exercise?
- "This tick box approach to equal opportunities has led to an inauthentic representation of who we are."
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