un·​en·​force·​able | \ ˌən-in-ˈfȯr-sə-bəl How to pronounce unenforceable (audio) , -en-\

Definition of unenforceable

: unable to be enforced : not enforceable an unenforceable law/contract

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Perhaps the rules are simply unenforceable, particularly given how skilled some NBA journalists are at developing inside sources and not giving them up. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Could Teams Clearly Ignoring Free Agency Tampering Rules Be a Problem for NBA?," 1 July 2019 After consulting with police, the council says the call was legally unenforceable unless laws were being broken. USA TODAY, "Penal farm to produce farm, music under the sea: News from around our 50 states," 16 July 2019 Juul last month filed paperwork in San Francisco for another ballot measure that experts say would make the flavor ban and Tuesday’s e-cigarette ban unenforceable. Reuters, The Mercury News, "San Francisco is first US city to ban sale of e-cigarettes," 25 June 2019 Ivey has acknowledged that Roe v. Wade may make the law unenforceable. Leanna Faulk And Tina Burnside, CNN, "Planned Parenthood is building a clinic in Alabama in the face of a near-total ban on abortions," 19 June 2019 But while the California Hospital Association supported the bill after requesting technical changes, doctors have called Mitchell’s bill unenforceable since physicians are not employees. Adria Watson, The Mercury News, "A black mother told not to scream in labor asks: Can California fix racism in maternity care?," 11 July 2019 But of the 12 states that have passed new laws, only one, New Jersey, has gone so far as to effectively negate these N.D.A.’s, by making them unenforceable when victims break them. Elizabeth A. Harris, New York Times, "Despite #MeToo Glare, Efforts to Ban Secret Settlements Stop Short," 14 June 2019 The law was set to take effect July 11 but is now unenforceable while being challenged in court. Jackie Borchardt, Cincinnati.com, "Federal judge blocks Ohio's 'heartbeat bill' abortion ban," 10 Apr. 2019 One proposal is that sovereign-loan contracts that are not publicly disclosed within 30 days of signature should be unenforceable in court. The Economist, "How to stop governments borrowing behind their people’s backs," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of unenforceable

1868, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unenforceable was in 1868

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un·​en·​force·​able | \ ˌən-in-ˈfȯr-sə-bəl\

Legal Definition of unenforceable

: not enforceable in a court

Other Words from unenforceable

unenforceability \ -​ˌfȯr-​sə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun

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