- to put or keep in force; compel obedience to: to enforce a rule; Traffic laws will be strictly enforced.
- to obtain (payment, obedience, etc.) by force or compulsion.
- to impose (a course of action) upon a person: The doctor enforced a strict dietary regimen.
- to support (a demand, claim, etc.) by force: to enforce one's rights as a citizen.
- to impress or urge (an argument, contention, etc.) forcibly; lay stress upon: He enforced his argument by adding details.
Origin of enforce
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1. administer, impose, execute, apply.
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Examples from the Web for unenforced
But from hour to hour he lingered upon his unenforced resolve.A Chance Acquaintance
W. D. Howells
Statute books are heavily cumbered with laws that are unenforced because public opinion goes counter to them.
On the other hand, the inner sanction, unenforced by any objective form of obligation, has won some big victories.The Bible and Life
Edwin Holt Hughes
The failure of America to rise into the expert level is due to our unenforced higher education.Villa Elsa
- (of a law, decision, etc) not having been imposed or enforced
- to ensure observance of or obedience to (a law, decision, etc)
- to impose (obedience, loyalty, etc) by or as by force
- to emphasize or reinforce (an argument, demand, etc)
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Word Origin and History for unenforced
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