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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The FTAA is today a dead letter, as regional trade agreements and new ties to Europe, China, the Middle East, India and Africa open fresh opportunities for Latin America.
If that disqualifies her as a judge, we might as well admit that much of the Constitution is already a dead letter with little hope of resurrection.
Russia's decision was momentous--if they had rejected the Protocol, it would have become a dead letter.
After all, the freedom to speak is a dead letter if one lacks the freedom to think, to believe, or to disbelieve.
The federal rule "would become a dead letter if district courts were permitted to supplement [its] requirements through court orders demanding greater specificity or elaboration of legal theories, and then to dismiss the complaint for failure to comply with those orders," the court said.
And dead presidents joins dead air, dead letter, dead metaphor, and dead reckoning, the newbie standing for "U.
Postwar policy had called for two carriers to be assigned to the western Pacific, but tight budgeting had made even that "modest proposal" a dead letter.
Combining the captive woman with the harlot who is stripped of her beauty in the works of the Old Testament prophets, and likening both to pagan poetry and rhetoric, Jerome saves classical texts for Christianity by stripping them of "the graces of style," the allurements of the dead letter which are to be shorn and pared away along with the woman's beautiful but dead flesh, her hair and nails.
However, if immediate and simultaneous efforts are not made to improve child counseling centers and to train more child welfare counselors and other experts, the new law will amount to nothing more than a dead letter.
For years, the Mandarins in Washington have said that reform is a dead letter.
The Dead Letter Office" (Australia) and "The Magic Hour" (Brazil).
And yet, according to Walter Kendrick's "Return to Sender: The Myth of the Dead Letter," an extended essay in last November's Village Voice, the sentimentalist myth that the hectic pace and technologies of modern life have robbed us of the precious art of letter writing is simply not true.
Nikula will cover issues ranging from new dead letter queue processing to the securing of channels to object authorization changes.
Perhaps the Church is not aware of what has been going on and does not realise that the law it is defending has been a dead letter for decades.