un·​en·​forced ˌən-in-ˈfȯrst How to pronounce unenforced (audio)
: not given force or carried out effectively : not enforced
an unenforced law/rule

Examples of unenforced in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By the 1960s, laws criminalizing contraception often went unenforced, which posed a problem for activists looking to challenge them. Jill Filipovic, TIME, 20 May 2024 Justice Thomas has accepted dozens of gifts, likely amounting to millions of dollars, for over two decades without disclosing them—a previously unenforced legality for Supreme Court justices. Paige Hagy, Fortune, 10 Aug. 2023 The executive order calls for mandatory baseline standards for all federal contractors to replace the patchwork of inconsistent and unenforced agency-specific policies that exist today. Eric Noonan, Fortune, 20 Dec. 2023 Coalition members argued that unenforced and antiquated laws should be annulled. Tammy Murga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Apr. 2023 But until recently, the law has gone largely unenforced. Robin Urevich, ProPublica, 2 Oct. 2023 Of all the cities tracked by Eviction Lab, Houston and Dallas hold the second- and fifth-highest spots for eviction filings during the pandemic, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eviction moratorium went largely unenforced. Sam Russek, The New Republic, 1 May 2023 The Marcos family appealed the ruling and lost — but the order has gone largely unenforced, with only partial payments to some victims. Sammy Westfall, Washington Post, 1 May 2023 The Canadian province of Quebec is one of many jurisdictions that has required short-term rentals to be registered with a local authority and display a registration code, but the rule was largely unenforced. Amanda Hoover, WIRED, 12 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1776, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unenforced was in 1776

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“Unenforced.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unenforced. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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