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 a landmark 2014 decision in an unrelated case, the California Supreme Court said arbitration agreements purporting to waive the right to bring PAGA claims are unenforceable. Jan Wolfe, WSJ, 15 June 2022 The company argued the arbitration award was reached through collusion and fraud, violated its rights to due process, and was unenforceable. Margaret Stafford, BostonGlobe.com, 10 June 2022 But in the face of GOP denial and anti-vaxxer wackiness, any federal mandate was fast becoming an unenforceable as Prohibition. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 2 June 2022 However, these have proven to be unenforceable or unworkable in most places. Ike Brannon, Forbes, 1 June 2022 And if the culture of free speech dies within the legal profession, the laws on the books will become unenforceable. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, 28 Mar. 2022 Unless Congress passes a similar law to the WHPA or a constitutional amendment that would render S.B. 8 unenforceable, there’s very little that can be done to legally reverse it at this point. Molly Longman, refinery29.com, 21 Mar. 2022 This is the third time one of the Trump campaign's NDAs has been declared unenforceable. Grayson Quay, The Week, 19 Mar. 2022 Birkeland said earlier in the week that an unenforceable ban would foster confusion and could exacerbate problems for cisgender and transgender athletes. Sam Metz And Lindsay Whitehurst, ajc, 5 Mar. 2022 See More

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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 1 Jul. 2022.

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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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