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the state of something that has outlived its relevance

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mail that can neither be delivered nor returned

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In addition to this, there is the possibility that by then Turkey would be a full member of the EU and, by definition, fully respect human rights, in which case trust between the two communities would be strengthened to such a degree that the treaty of guarantee would become a dead letter.
slowly he moves back in time carrying our dead letters to their lost
Dead letters to Nietzsche; or, The necromantic art of reading philosophy.
This time it was Dead Letters, a song-cycle largely concerned with the circle of the Jesuit poet Gerard Manley Hopkins, and totally compelling in its directness of expression drawing on a multiplicity of styles.
Honestly, if an Arab cultural summit is held merely to meet growing pressure from various quarters and issues pompous decisions that please the egos of intellectuals, but will remain dead letters, like the promises of common Arab market and joint defence, then it should not be held," Dr Jaber Al Ansari wrote in the Bahraini daily Al Ayam.
The EP committee emphasised the importance of not letting the content of these two documents meeting remain dead letters.