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Examples on the Web Ruth Shapleigh-Brown of the Connecticut Gravestone Network said that the state needs to clean up outdated, contradictory and unenforced laws governing cemeteries. Stephen Underwood, Hartford Courant, 12 Sep. 2022 Hui jumped to a 4-0 start in the semifinals with help of unenforced errors by Glozman. San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Aug. 2022 Meanwhile, Michigan and West Virginia had pre-Roe bans on the books that were never repealed and went unenforced for years. Mary Kekatos, ABC News, 24 July 2022 Even America’s porous foreign lobbying disclosure requirements—those that went largely unenforced until Trump’s 2016 campaign—don’t apply to think tanks, which are free to keep their foreign donations secret. Casey Michel, The New Republic, 27 June 2022 West Virginia had an unenforced pre-Roe ban, and is expected to enforce it again, according to the Center for Reproductive Rights and the Guttmacher Institute. ABC News, 29 June 2022 Paxton had also issued an advisory that prosecutors could pursue criminal cases under an unenforced 1925 state law before the trigger ban began. Timothy Bella, Washington Post, 29 June 2022 Additional lawsuits could also target old antiabortion laws that were left on the books and went unenforced under Roe. Kevin Mcgill, BostonGlobe.com, 27 June 2022 Though many do, such laws are often unenforced, while the sprawling, international nature of modern financial systems makes corruption an international issue. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, 25 May 2022 See More

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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 24 Sep. 2022.

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