dead letter


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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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Effective protection of intangible properties is about the ability to build an environment where these laws can be put into practice so it is not dead letter law.
If SYRIZA were to win the 50 bonus seats for first place, the marginalisation of once-mighty parties that ruled Greece for generations would be complete, and their bailout a dead letter.
A few months before these elections, the Attorney General publicly admitted that the law on compulsory voting was a dead letter - the sheer number of people who would have to be prosecuted made it impossible to enforce, he said.
To stress engaging eye contact, intonation, inflection, and to seek to move and emote are all rooted in a basic theological error that regards the written word of God as a dead letter that stands in need of a grandiloquent orator to bring it life.
According to the FSB, Russian State Security, British Intelligence has been conducting operations in Moscow using an electronic dead letter box disguised as a rock lying on the side of a Moscow pavement.
A POLICEMAN'S wife used a neighbouring police station rape suite as ``a dead letter address'' to fraudulently obtain credit cards, a court has heard.
Xenophobia remains a significant issue, but if anything, the irenic reaction to the attacks suggests that among American political and media elites, Orientalism has become a dead letter.
If the current session of negotiations collapses, critics say it might turn the Kyoto accord a dead letter.
With the option of her testifying voluntarily about her relationship with President Clinton now apparently a dead letter, she faces a choice between testifying under a limited grant of immunity or facing possible prosecution for perjury, witness tampering and obstruction of justice.
New York education officials are in effect asking the justices to declare Aguilar a dead letter without the normal procedure of bringing a new case up through the lower courts.
By 1915, when the Supreme Court invoked the new Clayton Antitrust Act to dismantle the Trust, competition from these outlaw companies had already rendered it a dead letter, and the motion picture industry had been permanently chased out of New Jersey.
As Dan Kornstein notes, in it, the Bard addresses head on "how much public support and respect the law needs, whether or not to enforce dead letter statutes, and if it is better to interpret laws strictly or equitably.
Brahimi is on his first Damascus visit since his appointment to replace Annan who quit the post after a hard-sought peace deal he brokered became a dead letter.
Yet the fact is that the law has remained a dead letter, with barely the slightest effort to enforce it.
Well, in that case, just grab a pen and paper, and write down your wishes - but make sure your envelope bears the words "To God, Jerusalem" - and the postman will deliver it to the holy city's dead letter office.