un·​elect·​ed | \ˌən-i-ˈlek-təd \

Definition of unelected 

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

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Both Di Maio and League leader Matteo Salvini had sought the position of premier, and their parties had been critical in the past of a common Italian practice: Handing power to unelected technocrats after backroom deals. Stefano Pitrelli And Chico Harlan, chicagotribune.com, "A political novice is on the verge of becoming Italy's prime minister," 21 May 2018 Critics have instead raised questions about Davide Casaleggio, the son of the party’s late founder and an unelected businessman who controls Five Star’s Web platform. Jason Horowitz, BostonGlobe.com, "Italy’s populists get a green light to govern; some see a threat to EU," 23 May 2018 Politics have become so bitter in part because many people believe that their deepest ideological values have been disregarded by an unelected judicial elite. Eric Posner And Glen Weyl, Vox, "The Supreme Court is an anti-democratic nightmare. Here’s how to fix it.," 29 June 2018 Textualism holds that judges should enforce the literal text of a statute and rule against evolving interpretations — for example, by unelected bureaucrats who craft regulations. Joel Achenbach, chicagotribune.com, "A look at the list helping Trump reshape the Supreme Court," 8 July 2018 Tony Blair pledged to abolish hereditary peers, who pass on their titles, from Britain’s unelected second chamber. The Economist, "Peers fight for a place in the House of Lords," 21 June 2018 Britain’s unelected upper chamber of Parliament, the House of Lords, has infuriated the government by making 15 separate changes to a key piece of Brexit legislation despite ministers’ efforts to block them. NBC News, "Brexit is even messier than critics expected. So what happens now?," 10 June 2018 Recent Brussels Beat Columns A majority of the House of Lords, the unelected upper chamber, is determinedly anti-Brexit and seeking to soften the economic dislocation created by Britain leaving the EU. Stephen Fidler, WSJ, "The Tortuous Road to a Brexit Customs Deal," 12 May 2018 The unelected lieutenant-governor must sign off on nearly any appointment or expenditure. The Economist, "India’s national government and the city of Delhi are feuding," 21 June 2018

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1776, in the meaning defined above

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obstinately defiant of authority

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