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

Examples of unenforceable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2013, the Supreme Court struck down key parts of the federal Voting Rights Act in Shelby County v. Holder, leaving Section 5 unenforceable. Mabinty Quarshie, USA TODAY, "Voter suppression tactics against Black, Latino and Native communities," 8 Oct. 2020 In terms of being unenforceable, that’s not at all true. David Fleshler, sun-sentinel.com, "As COVID spreads, Florida governor’s spokesman pushes misinformation," 3 Dec. 2020 Lujan Grisham admitted that the rule is unenforceable. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "New Mexico legislature passes COVID-19 relief bill," 25 Nov. 2020 Just two hours after Samaniego called for the two-week, temporary shutdown on Thursday, Margo issued a statement calling the judge’s order unenforceable and later called on businesses to remain open. Dallas News, "Leaders clash as El Paso death toll rises and coronavirus swamps hospitals," 2 Nov. 2020 About 20 states issued unenforceable guidance, and the rest did nothing. Miriam Jordan, New York Times, "Migrant Workers Restricted to Farms Under One Grower’s Virus Lockdown," 19 Oct. 2020 In addition to the votes in Alabama and Rhode Island, residents of Utah and Nebraska decided to strip their constitutions of unenforceable provisions that allowed slavery as a punishment for criminal convictions. Jay Reeves, Star Tribune, "5 states OK measures eradicating racist language, symbols," 8 Nov. 2020 Political scientists have long called the Electoral Count Act everything from unintelligible to unenforceable to unconstitutional. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "Here’s what happens if there isn’t a winner on Election Day," 3 Nov. 2020 The court suggested that Congress could pass new guidelines, but lawmakers have been unable to reach agreement, leaving the pre-clearance requirement unenforceable. Stephen Fowler, ProPublica, "Why Do Nonwhite Georgia Voters Have to Wait in Line for Hours? Their Numbers Have Soared, and Their Polling Places Have Dwindled.," 17 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of unenforceable

1868, in the meaning defined above

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“Unenforceable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unenforceable. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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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