un·​elect·​ed ˌən-i-ˈlek-təd How to pronounce unelected (audio)
: not chosen by vote : not elected
unelected government officials
unelected judges

Examples of unelected in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Their voices cut through the brilliantly sunny spring day, marking 10 years since an unelected emergency manager made the catastrophic decision to change the source of the city's drinking water from Lake Huron to the Flint River as a cost-saving measure. Detroit Free Press, 25 Apr. 2024 Already unpopular after taking power in 2022 amid political unrest, Peru’s unelected president now has an approval rating of just 9%, thanks to a scandal over her collection of luxury goods. Nick Rockel, Fortune, 5 Apr. 2024 Every leader of this Andean nation since 1985 (with the exception of two briefly serving, unelected interims) has been the target of at least one criminal probe. Simeon Tegel, Washington Post, 1 Apr. 2024 On one side was a liberal and secular Israel that relied on the supreme court to defend its democratic values; on the other, a religious and conservative Israel that feared that unelected judges would impose incompatible ideas on their Jewish values. Anshel Pfeffer, The Atlantic, 27 Mar. 2024 Haiti’s unelected government first requested the force in 2022. Reuters, CNN, 16 Feb. 2024 The salaries of those who hold top unelected leadership positions in the city would also rise. Journal Sentinel, 11 Jan. 2024 Ariel Henry, 74, a former neurosurgeon, has served as the unelected prime minister of Haiti since the still-unsolved 2021 assassination of President Jovenel Moïse. Maham Javaid, Washington Post, 12 Mar. 2024 The southern government is an unelected puppet, entirely dependent on Saudi largesse to stay afloat. Robert F. Worth, The Atlantic, 5 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1776, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unelected was in 1776

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“Unelected.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unelected. Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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