un·​en·​force·​able ˌən-in-ˈfȯr-sə-bəl How to pronounce unenforceable (audio)
: unable to be enforced : not enforceable
an unenforceable law/contract

Examples of unenforceable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To be sure, such pledges are practically unenforceable. Max Greenwood The Miami Herald (tns), Arkansas Online, 17 Aug. 2023 Legal experts have said the legislation, which is not set to take effect until January, raises constitutional issues and may well be practically unenforceable even if the law is upheld. Brian Fung, CNN, 28 June 2023 That November, Michigan voters approved an amendment to the state constitution that made the 1931 law unenforceable, and this April, Governor Gretchen Whitmer repealed the ban. Maryn McKenna, WIRED, 20 June 2023 The most recent ruling overturns a 2021 lower California court decision that found Proposition 22 to be both unenforceable and unconstitutional. Julia Malleck, Quartz, 14 Mar. 2023 In 2014, Judge Louis Kaplan sided with Chevron and made the judgment in Ecuador unenforceable in U.S. courts. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 17 Feb. 2023 Supporters praised the change as a way to reduce accidental deaths, firearm thefts and suicides, while many gun owners derided the rules as unenforceable and unconstitutional. Blake Nelson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 July 2023 However, this designation was unenforceable since the children were nowhere to be found in the U.S. Montgomery County prosecutors ended up charging Koptyaeva with interference with child custody due to the removal of the children. Jared Kofsky, ABC News, 16 Aug. 2023 Council members Jaime Resendez, Tennell Atkins, Paula Blackmon and Gay Donnell Willis told The News the City Council hasn’t been briefed on options by the city attorney’s office since Houston sued the state on July 3 arguing HB 2127 was unconstitutional and unenforceable. Everton Bailey Jr., Dallas News, 28 July 2023 See More

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'unenforceable.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1868, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unenforceable was in 1868

Dictionary Entries Near unenforceable

Cite this Entry

“Unenforceable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unenforceable. Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

Legal Definition


: not enforceable in a court
Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!