non·​ac·​cep·​tance ˌnän-ik-ˈsep-tən(t)s How to pronounce nonacceptance (audio)
: failure or refusal to accept something or someone : lack of acceptance
nonacceptance of an offer
… it seems that during your career as an artist there's been a lack of reviews, a general nonacceptance of your work by the art community, and you're ignored by them …Guy Cross

Examples of nonacceptance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Positions have softened over the years from nonacceptance and refusal to discuss this to a point now where these are agenda items in the negotiations. Seth Borenstein, ajc, 24 Sep. 2022 Throughout the 19th century, Jews rose in business and the professions, becoming physicians and lawyers, even politicians and army officers, only to discover that half-acceptance into Christian society could be more dangerous than nonacceptance. Roger Cohen, New York Times, 18 Dec. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1647, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonacceptance was in 1647

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“Nonacceptance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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