non·​ap·​pear·​ance ˌnän-ə-ˈpir-ən(t)s How to pronounce nonappearance (audio)
: failure to appear at an expected place or time
a nonappearance in court

Examples of nonappearance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ever since the interview aired, Ronaldo has been absent from Portugal’s training sessions and missed a warm-up game against Nigeria this week due to a stomach bug—a rare nonappearance for a player who would ordinarily jump at the chance to pad his all-time record of 117 international goals. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, 18 Nov. 2022 Under the amendment passed by the Senate, patterns of failing to show up for court — but not a single nonappearance — can be used in making the argument for detention. Jeremy Gorner, Chicago Tribune, 1 Dec. 2022 Peters’ proposal would allow patterns of failing to show up for court to be used in making the argument for detention, but would not allow a single court nonappearance to be used against a defendant. Dan Petrella, Chicago Tribune, 30 Nov. 2022 Meanwhile, Carrie's friendship with Samantha (a notably absent Kim Cattrall, whose nonappearance has been accounted for through text message exchanges) appeared to be on the mend. Jessica Wang,, 22 Mar. 2022 His nonappearance at the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow was especially notable because China is the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases., 12 Nov. 2021 The loss of seats in the House, the nonappearance of the blue wave and the losses in state legislatures all suggest the electorate’s rejection of the very ideas progressives have been noisily and assiduously pushing. WSJ, 12 Nov. 2020 The answer to Xi’s nonappearance may lie with the country’s complex internal politics. Jessica Meyers,, 19 Sep. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonappearance was in the 15th century

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“Nonappearance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Legal Definition


: failure to appear in court to prosecute or defend
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