unenforceable

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

Definition of unenforceable 

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

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The state Senate in January unanimously passed a bill dubbed the NASTY Women Act that would scrap a 19th-century Massachusetts ban on abortions, which lawmakers never formally repealed after the 1973 Roe decision made the ban unenforceable. BostonGlobe.com, "Even if Roe v. Wade is overturned, Mass. likely to preserve abortion rights," 28 June 2018 The United States and other traditional allies had excoriated the Polish government over the law, passed in February, condemning it as largely unenforceable, a threat to free speech, and an act of historical revisionism. Marc Santora, New York Times, "Poland’s Holocaust Law Weakened After ‘Storm and Consternation’," 27 June 2018 The United States and other traditional allies had excoriated the Polish government over the law, passed in February, condemning it as largely unenforceable, a threat to free speech, and an act of historical revisionism. Marc Santora, New York Times, "Poland’s Holocaust Law Weakened After ‘Storm and Consternation’," 27 June 2018 If any provision of the TOS is found invalid or unenforceable, that provision will be enforced to the maximum extent permissible, and the other provisions of the TOS will remain in force. 19. Bloomberg, "Terms of Service," 8 July 2018 Georgia's law comes after the state banned texting while driving in 2010, per the Atlanta Journal Constitution, a move critics called largely unenforceable because dialing calls was still allowed. Joshua Hafner, USA TODAY, "Drop that phone: It's now illegal to hold your mobile device while driving in Georgia," 2 July 2018 The United States and other traditional allies had excoriated the Polish government over the law, passed in February, condemning it as largely unenforceable, a threat to free speech, and an act of historical revisionism. Marc Santora, New York Times, "Poland’s Holocaust Law Weakened After ‘Storm and Consternation’," 27 June 2018 The United States and other traditional allies had excoriated the Polish government over the law, passed in February, condemning it as largely unenforceable, a threat to free speech, and an act of historical revisionism. Marc Santora, BostonGlobe.com, "Poland softens Holocaust law, removes criminal penalties for those accused of implicating nation," 28 June 2018 There's no constituency for these big trade deals that are essentially unenforceable, Mike Pillsbury. Fox News, "Roger Stone: My House testimony was entirely truthful," 9 June 2018

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1868, in the meaning defined above

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unenforceable

adjective
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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