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nonfeasance

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noun non·fea·sance \ˈnän-ˈfē-zən(t)s\

Definition of nonfeasance

  1. :  failure to act; especially :  failure to do what ought to be done



Examples of nonfeasance in a sentence

  1. <you can sue for nonfeasance if the company doesn't fulfill the contract>



Origin of nonfeasance

non- + obsolete English feasance doing, execution


First Known Use: 1596


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nonfeasance

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noun non·fea·sance \ˌnän-ˈfēz-əns\

Legal Definition of nonfeasance

  1. :  the failure or omission to do something that should be done or especially something that one is under a duty or obligation to do — compare malfeasance, misfeasance



Origin of nonfeasance

non- + obsolete English feasance doing, execution, from Anglo-French fesance, from Old French faisance act, from fais-, stem of faire to do, from Latin facere


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