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dead letter

a statute, law or ordinance that is no longer enforced but has not been formally repealed.
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MNA further said that elders across the Fata have demanded to federal Government for abolishing the FCR and intend it as a dead letter in modern age.
TUNIS, (TAP) - President of the National Authority against Corruption Samir Annabi said the project to implement a national strategy against corruption remained "a dead letter," though one year has elapsed since its drafting began.
Clearly the charter, agreed less than a year ago, is a dead letter.
With the exception of the October 13 appointment of Bahah as premier, a September 21 deal with the rebels has remained a dead letter.
All the talks reflected an underlying theme of the need for silence and prayer in the life of the educator in order to pass on truth as a living word and not a dead letter.
Effective regulation of hate speeches at all levels is required as the authors of such speeches can be booked under the existing penal law and all the law enforcing agencies/police must ensure that the existing law is not rendered a dead letter," he said.
Moscow has also declared a peace accord signed last month in Geneva, which was meant to defuse the crisis, a dead letter.
This movie tells the story of a postal worker assigned to the Dead Letter Office, which sorts out letters that don't get delivered.
BAGHDAD / NINA / The independent MP, Izzat al-Shabandar said "the blocs' political programs are almost to be one that passed from the bloc to other , with a modification for certain words , but remain a dead letter , describing these programs as lies.
We should have done a dead letter box or brush contact on the riverside.
After all, prose like this belongs in front of readers, not in a dead letter pile.
However, this idea is a dead letter, and on the other hand there is an obvious feeling of aversion to drafting a new draft constitution," Tan said.