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

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Swinson’s Liberal Democrats have long been advocates of political and constitutional reform in Britain, leading the charge for eliminating the first-past-the-post electoral system and the scrapping or reforming of the unelected House of Lords. Parker Richards, The New Republic, "The Woman Who Could Beat Boris Johnson," 29 July 2019 The unelected federal oversight board managing the territory’s finances. Daniela Altimari, courant.com, "Connecticut residents plan to gather in solidarity with critics of Puerto Rican governor as protests grow," 22 July 2019 But critics of the unelected government say Beijing is steadily chipping away their freedoms and reneging on its promise of universal suffrage. Time, "Hong Kong Protesters Demand Police Accountability, Full Withdrawal of Extradition Bill," 21 July 2019 Conservatives ask why unelected judges should dictate to a whole country what a family means. The Economist, "How 25 countries in the Americas could end up allowing gay marriage," 21 June 2019 And one of the lessons of history is this: While elected majorities infringe upon liberty, so too do unelected judges. Matthew Continetti, National Review, "The Conservative Sensibility Is George Will’s Definitive Declaration," 20 June 2019 And what price will unelected judges and prison wardens pay when their decisions backfire? Jason L. Riley, WSJ, "Will the Senate Surrender on Criminal Justice?," 4 Dec. 2018 Consideration of the impact of today’s ruling on democratic principles cannot ignore the effect of the unelected and politically unaccountable branch of the Federal Government assuming such an extraordinary and unprecedented role. . . WSJ, "Notable & Quotable: Chief Justice Roberts in Rucho v. Common Cause," 27 June 2019 But the court’s conservatives, who have said that gives too much power to unelected bureaucrats, said the decision was ‘‘more a stay of execution than a pardon.’’ Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court’s liberals to preserve the precedent. BostonGlobe.com, "GE and unions for 6,600 workers reach a deal," 27 June 2019

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1776, in the meaning defined above

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