un·​elect·​ed | \ ˌən-i-ˈlek-təd How to pronounce unelected (audio) \

Definition of unelected

: not chosen by vote : not elected unelected government officials unelected judges

Examples of unelected in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On both sides of the Atlantic, lawmakers and unelected bureaucrats are turning up the heat, so to speak, on companies over the issue of climate change. Frank Holmes, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021 The County Council has authority to terminate the mandate, after lawmakers passed a bill during the past legislative session placing a check on the powers exercised by unelected public health officials. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 Sep. 2021 Like backers of the higher wage, immigrant advocates are expressing frustration that such big immigration policy matters could be blocked by a procedural ruling from an unelected official. Michael Smolens Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 July 2021 That bill was intended to put a check on the powers of unelected public health officials, allowing county legislative bodies to overturn any pandemic orders. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 Aug. 2021 Others defend earmarks, saying it’s better to have elected representatives who know the needs of their districts get specific financial allocations instead of leaving funding decisions up to unelected bureaucrats. Anthony Man, sun-sentinel.com, 11 Aug. 2021 The polls were marked by historically low turnout and criticized as largely uncompetitive after an unelected panel of clerics and lawyers barred all the major reformist and centrist candidates from running, all but guaranteeing Raisi’s victory. Frederik Pleitgen, CNN, 5 Aug. 2021 In many cases, these laws were passed by Congress, signed by the president and supported by American voters, only to be overturned by nine unelected justices — or, in the case of a split decision, by as few as five. Nicholas Goldberg, Star Tribune, 19 July 2021 Analysts said the unprecedented royal rebuke further undermines Muhyiddin's unelected government, which took power in March 2020 with a tiny majority in Parliament. Eileen Ng, Star Tribune, 29 July 2021

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First Known Use of unelected

1776, in the meaning defined above

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“Unelected.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unelected. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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