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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The stakes are very high: This unforced error could give President Trump his best chance to win re-election in 2020. William A. Galston, WSJ, "Medicare for All Is a Trap," 12 Feb. 2019 Djokovic had just nine unforced errors in the match, compared to 28 by Nadal. Tom Perrotta, WSJ, "Novak Djokovic Rolls to Australian Open Title," 27 Jan. 2019 The recusal of Jeff Sessions was an unforced betrayal of the President of the United States. Li Zhou, Vox, "Trump is still having buyer’s remorse about Jeff Sessions," 5 June 2018 Sidney Horton directs his quartet of actors with unobtrusive skill, and their unforced performances strike the right notes. Lawrence Toppman, charlotteobserver, "How can any of these people be ‘Luckiest’? Maybe in what they offer us ...," 31 Jan. 2018 The fuel-tax hike was an unforced error that aroused rural voters who have never liked his imperious style. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Macron’s Salvage Operation," 11 Dec. 2018 In one, against qualifier Taro Daniel in Indian Wells, Djokovic had 58 unforced errors. Tom Perrotta, WSJ, "Novak Djokovic Wins the U.S. Open," 9 Sep. 2018 By the end, Ostapenko had far more winners, 30-10, but also far more unforced errors, 36-7. Howard Fendrich, Fox News, "Serena Williams nears 8th Wimbledon title, 24th Slam overall," 13 July 2018 Kerber absorbs power better than anyone and doesn’t make many unforced errors. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Serena Williams, Enjoying Every Moment, Is Back in the Wimbledon Final," 12 July 2018

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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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