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 More:Mask mandate in Hamilton, Butler counties may go unenforced. Segann March, The Enquirer, "Zip Dip in Green Township temporarily closed after employee tests positive for COVID-19," 8 July 2020 Those laws are largely unenforced, especially during the July 4th holiday. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, "Man in critical condition after fireworks blows up in face in Cleveland," 23 June 2020 But for the most part, Huffer says, laws are ambiguous and unenforced. Oscar Schwartz, WIRED, "There’s a Thriving Market for Human Body Parts on Instagram," 21 Aug. 2019 But such laws remain lacking and woefully unenforced. Sophia Jones, Marie Claire, "In Afghanistan, Women Are Winning the Fight Against Virginity Testing," 30 Oct. 2019 Existing antitrust law would allow the government to prevent big mergers that mean farmers have fewer places to sell their crops and that supplies are more expensive, but those laws go largely unenforced, says Carstensen. Alana Semuels / Fremont, Time, "'They're Trying to Wipe Us Off the Map.' Small American Farmers Are Nearing Extinction," 27 Nov. 2019 Baseball inoculates itself against unseemly behavior by means of rules that, although unwritten, are not unenforced, as Hinch and Martinez demonstrated. George Will, National Review, "In Baseball, the Most Valuable Rules Are Unwritten," 30 Oct. 2019 For another, no one on the face of this planet has ever actually believed that an unenforced mandate is crucial to the operation of Obamacare as a whole. Robert Verbruggen, National Review, "The GOP’s Self-Made Health-Care Conundrum," 5 Sep. 2019 The few remaining unconstitutional campus speech policies lie largely dormant and unenforced, with university officials keenly aware of the risk of lawsuits. David French, National Review, "Courage Is the Cure for Political Correctness," 20 Aug. 2019

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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 5 Aug. 2020.

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