un·​forced | \ ˌən-ˈfȯrst How to pronounce unforced (audio) \

Definition of unforced

: not forced: such as
a : done or produced naturally or with minimal effort a genuine, unforced smile His writing has a natural, unforced style.
b : caused by one's own poor play, performance, etc. an unforced error in tennis

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Examples of unforced in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Same goes for opening day, when teams are more susceptible to unforced errors. Jim Ayello, The Indianapolis Star, "Colts look to end historically bad record in season openers," 12 Sep. 2020 Suddenly Osaka was a different player, hitting with more conviction, cleaning up the misses that led to all those unforced errors in the opening set. Wayne Coffey, USA TODAY, "Naomi Osaka rallies for three-set win over Victoria Azarenka and her second US Open title," 12 Sep. 2020 Northshore never trailed in the next set, building a 7-2 lead on Lauren Ngo's three service points and back-to-back kills by Anadi to go with a block and a Lakeshore unforced error. Mike Pervel, NOLA.com, "Northshore starts fast, opens its season with straight-set win over Lakeshore," 10 Sep. 2020 The Jaguars were down 12-9 in the final set, but took a 15-14 lead thanks to three kills by Holloway and unforced errors by the Rockets. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "'It felt like a practice to me': Mercy takes down Assumption in strange 2020 season opener," 9 Sep. 2020 Against Doi, Osaka wound up with 38 unforced errors, 13 more than her winners total. Howard Fendrich, orlandosentinel.com, "Naomi Osaka wears mask in memory of Breonna Taylor at U.S. Open," 1 Sep. 2020 Sevastova often played to Gauff’s forehand on important points and did so again during the final game, when Gauff made four unforced forehand errors, including the final stroke of the match, which landed in the net on Sevastova’s fourth match point. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Coco Gauff Loses in the First Round of the U.S. Open," 31 Aug. 2020 Democrats jumped on the unforced error, accusing Tillis of being a hypocrite. Gary D. Robertson, Star Tribune, "Tillis apologizes for failing to keep mask on at White House," 28 Aug. 2020 Inside the bubble, Holiday's habit of committing unforced errors reared its head. Christian Clark, NOLA.com, "End-of-season review: Jrue Holiday at his best with less on his plate," 17 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of unforced

1605, in the meaning defined above

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“Unforced.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unforced. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unforced

: not caused by someone else : caused by your own poor play, performance, etc.
: natural and done without effort

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