unenforced

adjective
un·en·forced | \ ˌən-in-ˈfȯrst , -en- \

Definition of unenforced 

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

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Perhaps an enterprising lawmaker will move to repeal Alaska's unenforced, contribution-restricting law and save the group, and the state, time and money. Paul Jenkins, Anchorage Daily News, "Left looks to Alaska to overturn rational Citizens’ United decision," 11 Feb. 2018 Orlando attorney Peter McGrath, who represents Orange Tree Village Condominiums, said Brady is a sympathetic figure but the association’s animal restrictions become meaningless if left unenforced. Mary Shanklin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orlando veteran must surrender emotional support dog," 3 Jan. 2018 Most of the data rights enshrined under GDPR were already established in the EU, but went unenforced. GDPR standardizes data rights across all EU countries, empowering regulators with the same big stick and sharper teeth. Nitasha Tiku, WIRED, "Europe's New Privacy Law Will Change the Web, and More," 19 Mar. 2018 The United Nations Security Council renewed calls on Wednesday to implement a 30-day cease-fire across Syria after a resolution to deliver humanitarian aid during that period remained unenforced. Paulina Dedaj, Fox News, "UN renews calls for cease-fire in Syria as concerns over humanitarian crisis escalate," 7 Mar. 2018 Alaska law limits contributions to independent political groups, but goes unenforced because of Citizens United. Paul Jenkins, Anchorage Daily News, "Left looks to Alaska to overturn rational Citizens’ United decision," 11 Feb. 2018 The law went unenforced against tech companies until a local newspaper, The Stranger, published a story in December in the wake of the Russia allegations asking why. David Ingram, Anchorage Daily News, "Seattle says Facebook is violating city campaign finance law," 6 Feb. 2018 Such antipoaching and antitrafficking laws as do exist frequently go unenforced. The Economist, "Conserving pangolinsSome of Nature’s strangest mammals are also some of the most threatened," 31 Jan. 2018 The phenomenon was pervasive two decades ago, when the law was largely unenforced, Caplan said, but remains a problem from California to Virginia. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Video of hospital patient put out in the cold stirs fury," 12 Jan. 2018

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1776, in the meaning defined above

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