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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Unelected judges, in his view, were regularly ruling in favor of unelected bureaucrats, who were trampling the rights of private citizens and companies. David Enrich, New York Times, 25 Aug. 2022 The unelected officials of Dallas have refused to commit to putting pedestrian safety above automotive convenience. Dallas News, 9 June 2022 At mid-century, a Gallup survey reported that just 2 percent of the public had strong objections to the only unelected government employee in the nation nearly everyone could name. Michael Kazin, The New Republic, 9 Dec. 2022 Xi's unelected government doesn't seem too concerned with the hardships brought by the policy. Dake Kang, BostonGlobe.com, 28 Nov. 2022 Xi's unelected government doesn't seem too concerned with the hardships brought by the policy. Dake Kang, ajc, 28 Nov. 2022 In numerous residential compounds in Beijing's northeastern suburbs, residents have banded together to oppose measures by local authorities and unelected resident's associations to lock gates and force neighbors into quarantine centers. Arkansas Online, 27 Nov. 2022 Iran’s Judiciary metes out punishment, and answers not to the parliament but to Iran’s unelected Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Astha Rajvanshi, Time, 17 Nov. 2022 That nine unelected lawyers have the power to shape our nation’s social order should unsettle us all. Liza Batkin, The New Yorker, 12 Nov. 2022 See More

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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 27 Jan. 2023.

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