un·​forced | \ˌən-ˈfȯrst \

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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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 Williams committed just four unforced errors in the second set, winning 6-3. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Five Thoughts From Four Women's Quarterfinals at Wimbledon," 10 July 2018 Thoughts at the turn Today's phrase: unforced errors. Adam Woodard, USA TODAY, "Tiger Tracker: Follow Tiger Woods' Friday round at his tournament, the Quicken Loans National," 29 June 2018 Turning up the difficulty primarily decreases the chances of the computer opponents making unforced errors without making them any less predictable or susceptible to the same old strategies. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Mario Tennis Aces review: Turning tennis into a fighting game," 22 June 2018 There used to be a running joke on TV’s Saturday Night Live about what is now President Trump’s favorite show, Fox and Friends, and its penchant for making goofy, unforced errors. Will Bunch, Philly.com, "Not caring about Pruitt's EPA scandals helps us not care that the planet is on fire | Will Bunch," 19 June 2018 That led to 34 winners (eight more than Nadal) but also 42 unforced errors (18 more than Nadal). Howard Fendrich, Houston Chronicle, "This one goes to 11: Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem for French Open title," 11 June 2018 Thiem, a 24-year-old Austrian who was playing in his first Grand Slam final, had 18 unforced errors in first set and 42 for the match. Scooby Axson, SI.com, "Rafael Nadal Defeats Dominic Thiem, Wins 11th French Open Title," 10 June 2018

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1605, in the meaning defined above

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