non·​ap·​pear·​ance | \ ˌnän-ə-ˈpir-ən(t)s How to pronounce nonappearance (audio) \

Definition of nonappearance

: failure to appear at an expected place or time a nonappearance in court

Examples of nonappearance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Progressives May Lead the Democrats Astray," 12 Nov. 2020 The answer to Xi’s nonappearance may lie with the country’s complex internal politics. Jessica Meyers,, "Why China's Xi Jinping is missing from the U.N. General Assembly," 19 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of nonappearance

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonappearance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of nonappearance

somewhat formal : failure to be at a place where you are expected to be


non·​ap·​pear·​ance | \ ˌnän-ə-ˈpir-əns \

Legal Definition of nonappearance

: failure to appear in court to prosecute or defend

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