un·​en·​forced | \ ˌən-in-ˈfȯrst How to pronounce unenforced (audio) , -en- \

Definition of unenforced

: not given force or carried out effectively : not enforced an unenforced law/rule

Examples of unenforced in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the flip side is that having unenforced rules about how pitchers operate is how the game arrived at this issue. ABC News, 27 June 2021 Never mind amendments and court rulings that went unenforced. Christopher Wilson, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 June 2021 Bowser also announced this week that on June 1, the city would resume ticketing cars that are improperly parked or violating a host of other restrictions that have gone unenforced for more than a year. Washington Post, 23 Apr. 2021 Until then, the fates of both fishermen and sharks remain a matter of clandestine migrations, unenforced regulations, and taut fishing line. Richard Pallardy, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Apr. 2021 Winter storm blackouts plagued Texas in 2011, too:Recommendations made afterward went unenforced. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, 23 Feb. 2021 At home, porous borders and unenforced immigration laws had created a host of vulnerabilities. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 20 Oct. 2020 In sum, industry pollution goes largely unsupervised and laws remain unenforced. Amanda Fortini, The Atlantic, 11 Aug. 2020 More:Mask mandate in Hamilton, Butler counties may go unenforced. Segann March, The Enquirer, 8 July 2020

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First Known Use of unenforced

1776, in the meaning defined above

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“Unenforced.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unenforced. Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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