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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a statute, law or ordinance that is no longer enforced but has not been formally repealed.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.
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. We have been told by many of the participants that they appreciated the educational quality of the weekend.
This movie tells the story of a postal worker assigned to the Dead Letter Office, which sorts out letters that don't get delivered.
We should have done a DLB (dead letter box),' his colleague replied.
This could turn into a "dead letter" the provision in the EU regulation on protecting people against mixture effects, PAN-Europe warned.
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.
Dead Letter? Egyptian Necrophilia Law Called Hoax By Mubarak Supporter While the law may be a hoax,
Some, such as the Tenth, are a dead letter through neglect and abuse.
Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude urged civil service unions to agree new redundancy terms and make the Bill "a dead letter".
Communism may have turned out to be a dead letter, but the maligned domino effect is alive and well, as evidenced by the subprime mortgage disaster.
They confirm that the principle of curbing growth in social security costs, a symbol of the spending reform initiative started by former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and inherited by his successors, has become a dead letter.