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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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 And according to multiple reports from experts, visitors, and defectors, North Korea either has no law restricting marijuana or the law goes effectively unenforced. German Lopez, Vox, "Uruguay was the first country to fully legalize marijuana," 14 Nov. 2018 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

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1776, in the meaning defined above

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