unenforced

adjective
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

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This data differs from that of the CDC, perhaps because birth rate reporting is inconsistent and unenforced. Jennifer Gerson, Marie Claire, "What Are the Chances IVF Works?," 1 Oct. 2018 Now for too long, immigration law was ignored, frankly, and basically unenforced. Fox News, "Sessions defends zero tolerance immigration policy," 19 June 2018 But Young said Monday his team found an existing — but unenforced — city law with a $250 fine and no points. Luke Broadwater, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore Council President Young wants $125 fine for motorists who block intersections," 4 June 2018 Arizona companies support unenforced law Science Care began in 2000 when founder James Rogers spotted a need after working with seniors on end-of-life planning. Stephanie Innes, AZCentral.com, "Despite 2-year-old state law, Arizona's body donation industry still unregulated," 10 June 2019 State lawmakers also strengthened the state’s background-check system, implementing a ballot initiative that had been passed by Nevada voters in 2016 but went unenforced during Laxalt’s tenure as attorney general. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The State That Liberal Dreams Are Made Of," 5 June 2019 The laws went largely unenforced and were ineffective. Alexandra Hudson, WSJ, "I’m Taking the Surly Train," 25 Dec. 2018 This often-unenforced rule is one of many listed by the FDA for mandating how certain names of products must be identified. Caroline Judelson, Fox News, "FDA to crack down on non-dairy beverages labeled as 'milk'," 19 July 2018 When the migrants showed up in places like Greece, Italy and Norway, laws went unenforced. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, "Europe’s Migrant Disaster Should Teach America a Lesson," 27 Nov. 2018

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1776, in the meaning defined above

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