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 When Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Sudan earlier this month, Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok rebuffed the urging of the secretary to recognize Israel, saying his unelected civilian government lacked a mandate on such a delicate issue. Washington Post, "U.S. push for Sudan to recognize Israel falters — and puts Khartoum in a tight spot," 30 Sep. 2020 But the optics did not help: a largely white, unelected board versus a diverse slate of city councilors supported by vocal progressive activists. Astead W. Herndon, chicagotribune.com, "Minneapolis City Council pledged they were going to defund the police. They did not.," 26 Sep. 2020 The power of judicial review, especially as exercised by unelected justices with lifetime tenure, is immense. David French, WSJ, "Why We Fight So Ferociously Over the Supreme Court," 25 Sep. 2020 This approach ensures that policy questions stay in the hands of our politically accountable representatives and not with unelected judges serving life terms. Casey Mattox, National Review, "The Supreme Court Needs a Justice Who Puts the Constitution First," 21 Sep. 2020 These are some of the reasons why the ACLU of Minnesota was deeply troubled when the unelected state Board of Public Defense abruptly suspended Moriarty in December. John Gordon And Clare Diegel, Star Tribune, "A reform-minded Hennepin County public defender is being unfairly attacked," 16 Sep. 2020 So what is the Charter Commission, and why does this unelected group of 15 people have the authority to decide what goes before voters? Zoë Jackson, Star Tribune, "How Charter Commission kept Minneapolis police reform off November ballot," 1 Sep. 2020 Martin has the support of Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, who tasked Martin with leading a working group of activists and city managers, the unelected executives who run the daily operations of municipalities, to answer the call of protesters. Nic Garcia, Dallas News, "Dallas County will consider spending $3 million on policing alternatives after summer protests," 24 Aug. 2020 But there’s also this: Sculley did consolidate a lot of power for an unelected official. Greg Jefferson, ExpressNews.com, "‘Fire everybody and start over’ — Sheryl Sculley looks back on 14 years as S.A. city manager," 20 Aug. 2020

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1776, in the meaning defined above

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11 Oct 2020

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“Unelected.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unelected. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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