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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Corruption and poor policing are certainly unforced errors. The Economist, "Baltimore needs help to fix its crime problems," 1 Aug. 2019 But the killer stat: Djokovic made nine fewer unforced errors than Federer, and Roger made a few more in those crucial tiebreaks trying to force the issue. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "How Does Djokovic's Wimbledon Win Impact His GOAT Status?," 24 July 2019 Lofgren broke serve for the second time in the set when Komatineni committed an unforced error on the 40-love point. Luke Feliciano, Cincinnati.com, "In his first-ever appearance, Niraj Komatineni wins 2019 Cincinnati Met singles tournament," 24 July 2019 In the three tiebreaks, Mr Federer committed 11 unforced errors, whereas the Serbian made none. J.s., The Economist, "Novak Djokovic wins the most thrilling men’s tennis match ever," 16 July 2019 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

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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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