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 Djokovic made plenty of mistakes, 38 unforced errors in all. Howard Fendrich, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Sep. 2021 Her poise, ability to adjust to opponents’ tactics and her sheer will helped propel her past Sabalenka, who committed 52 unforced errors to 23 by Fernandez. Los Angeles Times, 10 Sep. 2021 Against the 21-year old Auger-Aliassime, who was making his major semifinal debut, Medvedev had 37 winners to just 25 unforced errors. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 10 Sep. 2021 Auger-Aliassime finished with 39 unforced errors — including 10 double-faults, three in the opening game alone — and just 17 winners. BostonGlobe.com, 10 Sep. 2021 Remedying unforced errors like these helps make for a much more inclusive workplace. Rodger Dean Duncan, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 By the end against the 11th-seeded Bencic, a U.S. Open semifinalist in 2019, Raducanu had nearly twice as many winners as unforced errors, 23-12. Howard Fendrich, sun-sentinel.com, 8 Sep. 2021 But in recent months, Time’s Up committed a series of unforced errors, which culminated in a public reckoning about its own purpose. Elizabeth Wagmeister, Variety, 26 Aug. 2021 If this was an unforced error, it should have been caught well before the department put out the video. San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Aug. 2021

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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 26 Sep. 2021.

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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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