dead' let'ter

1. a law, ordinance, etc., that has lost its force but has not been formally repealed or abolished.
2. a letter that cannot reach the addressee or be returned to the sender, usually because of incorrect address, and that is sent to and handled in a special division or department (dead'-let'ter of"fice) of a general post office.

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