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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In many cases, unelected agency heads and bureaucrats have become America’s main lawgivers. Peter J. Wallison, WSJ, "The Supreme Court May Begin to Tame the Administrative State," 13 Dec. 2018 An office staffed with more unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats tasked to make decisions families should be free to make for themselves. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "Betsy DeVos went to New York to visit schools for the first time. Guess which ones.," 16 May 2018 Opponents say the measures would shift control to unelected officials, rather than politicians voters can punish at the ballot box, and could increase gerrymandering. Jon Kamp, WSJ, "Four States to Vote on Redistricting Measures Ahead of 2020 Census," 3 Nov. 2018 And by framing this as an attempt to help the Saudi people — no matter his frustrations with its unelected royal family — Son is belatedly trying to claim some moral high ground. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "Masayoshi Son finally spoke about the murder of a Saudi Arabian dissident.," 5 Nov. 2018 There’s an inherent tension between this vision and unelected judges setting law through rulings, one resolved only if the public believes that the Court is a legitimate decision-making body. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The Supreme Court’s legitimacy crisis is here," 6 Oct. 2018 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

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1776, in the meaning defined above

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