1
: of, relating to, or being a motor vehicle insurance plan under which someone involved in an accident is compensated usually up to a stipulated limit for actual losses (as for property damage, medical bills, and lost wages) by that person's own insurance company regardless of who is responsible for the accident
2
: of, relating to, or being a divorce law under which neither party is held responsible for the breakup of the marriage
3
: characterized by the absence of a prevailing sense of individual responsibility (as for behavior)

Examples of no-fault in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some Republicans are pushing for an end to no-fault divorce, which has been essential for helping women escape abusive marriages. Vaughan Emsley, New York Daily News, 5 July 2024 In England, a Renters (Reform) Bill that would have ended no-fault evictions is among a raft of legislation shelved by the dissolution of parliament. Rebecca Messina, theweek, 13 June 2024 Listen to this article A New Jersey man was sentenced to a decade in federal prison Monday for orchestrating one of the largest no-fault insurance scams in New York City history — including coaching doctors to lie under oath and bribing hospital workers for contact details of car crash victims. Molly Crane-Newman, New York Daily News, 3 June 2024 The Connecticut Tenants Union, Make the Road Connecticut and other tenants’ rights advocates are supporting an extension of a law that prohibits no-fault evictions against certain populations such as people with disabilities and senior citizens. Ginny Monk, Hartford Courant, 16 Feb. 2024 More to Read Patt Morrison: California settled no-fault divorce decades ago. Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times, 30 May 2024 Mobile home park tenants displaced because their community closed would also be prioritized; Second priority is given to residents displaced because of a no-fault eviction. Tammy Murga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 May 2024 In June 2023, my family and I faced a no-fault eviction from our home. Gabriela Sandoval, The Mercury News, 13 Apr. 2024 But now, nearly 50 years later, no-fault divorce is under increasing attack. Marcia Zug, The Conversation, 21 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1967, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of no-fault was in 1967

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“No-fault.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/no-fault. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Legal Definition

no-fault

adjective
1
: of, relating to, or being a motor vehicle insurance plan under which someone injured in an accident is compensated usually up to a stipulated limit for especially actual losses (as for property damage, medical bills, and lost wages) by that person's own insurer regardless of who is responsible for the accident and is prohibited from or limited in his or her right to sue the responsible party
2
: of or relating to no-fault divorce
a no-fault ground for dissolution
see also no-fault divorce at divorce
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