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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Three unforced errors and a nerveless takedown. 6-2, 6-2. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "50 Parting Thoughts From Wimbledon 2019," 14 July 2019 Federer struck an incredible 94 winners coupled with 62 unforced errors while Djokovic tallied 54 and 52, respectively. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Djokovic saves match points, beats Federer in historic Wimbledon final," 14 July 2019 Halep, who won last year's French Open title, had only three unforced errors to Williams' 25 in the final. CBS News, "Simona Halep defeats Serena Williams in Wimbledon final," 13 July 2019 Halep made a mere three unforced errors, a remarkably low total and 23 fewer than Williams. Howard Fendrich, Houston Chronicle, "Simona Halep stuns Serena Williams for Wimbledon title," 13 July 2019 Halep made a mere three unforced errors, a remarkably low total and 23 fewer than Williams. Howard Fendrich, The Denver Post, "Halep wins Wimbledon, stops Williams’ bid for 24th Slam," 13 July 2019 Williams, in stark contrast, came out looking a bit tight, short-arming shots and accumulating nine unforced errors before conjuring up a single winner. Howard Fendrich, sun-sentinel.com, "Simona Halep wins Wimbledon; Serena Williams again stymied in quest for record title," 13 July 2019 Their lack of sea room puts a premium on central bankers’ demonstrated good judgment; an unforced error like that of the ECB in 2011 could have dire consequences. The Economist, "For how long can today’s global economic expansion last?," 12 July 2019 Williams played cleanly, accumulating nearly twice as many winners as unforced errors, 28-10. Howard Fendrich, BostonGlobe.com, "Serena Williams and Simona Halep cruise into Wimbledon women’s final," 11 July 2019

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First Known Use of unforced

1605, in the meaning defined above

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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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