from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having reached an office or an official position without going through the elective process: powerful nonelected bureaucrats.

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  • adj. Not elected; brought into power by some means other than election.

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  • adj. filled by appointment rather than by election


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non- +‎ elected


  • But many lawmakers in both parties balked at the idea of nonelected people examining ethics allegations.

    Willing to Buck Traditions,

  • For Mr. Monti—a former European antitrust chief who runs a nonelected government of technocrats mandated to push through painful budget cuts and structural overhauls—offering Italians proof that their sacrifices will pave the way for new jobs and a more prosperous economy are essential.

    Italy Pushes for Europe Growth Policy

  • The end result: a political system where citizens dutifully vote for lawmakers at election time but the key decisions of public policy are shifted to nonelected executive branches and federal judges.

    Public misperceptions of Congress

  • The Brotherhood was outraged this past summer when the ruling council of generals entertained proposals from liberal activists that a nonelected constituent assembly draft Egypt's constitution before parliamentary elections.

    Islamists Lead a Massive Protest in Cairo

  • As nonelected judicial officers, we are not afforded the opportunity to rewrite statutes we don't like, or to craft a legislative response more sharply than the legislative branch of government has chosen.

    HUFFPOST HILL - Court Gives 2009 Republicans A Big Win

  • That would allow the Commons still to claim greater legitimacy from the electorate and allow the government to place nonelected members into government by appointing them as Lords, in the way the current business secretary, Peter Mandelson, has been.

    House of Lords Fights Reform Effort

  • Government Type: Constitutional monarchy with a bicameral Parliament consisting of a nonelected upper house and an elected lower house; all Peninsular Malaysian states have hereditary rulers (commonly referred to as sultans) except Melaka and Pulau Pinang (Penang); those two states along with Sabah and Sarawak in East Malaysia have governors appointed by government; powers of state governments are limited by federal constitution


  • In any case, greater power needs to be returned to the elected members of parliament and removed from nonelected institutions and representatives of the state.

    Thailand Needs New Elections

  • The Treaty gives the EU a nonelected president, a quasi foreign minister, a beefier defense and foreign policy and fewer national vetoes in a number of policy areas.

    The EU's Latest Power Grab

  • This political fact of life is well known to private investors and to the nonelected Federal Reserve, which controls the nation's supply of money and credit.

    The Skunk at the Picnic?


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