non·​com·​pli·​ance | \ ˌnän-kəm-ˈplī-ən(t)s How to pronounce noncompliance (audio) \

Definition of noncompliance

: failure or refusal to comply with something (such as a rule or regulation) : a state of not being in compliance terminated for noncompliance

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noncompliant \ ˌnän-​kəm-​ˈplī-​ənt How to pronounce noncompliant (audio) \ adjective
noncompliant patients a noncompliant facility

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Dennis Herrera, the consequences of noncompliance could be dire: The loss of up to $1 billion in federal healthcare funding, the equivalent of one third of the budget of its Department of Public Health. Michael Hiltzik,, "Facing torrent of legal challenges, Trump defers antiabortion ‘conscience’ rule," 1 July 2019 Correction posted March 25, 2010 The original version misstated the penalty due for noncompliance with the new federal mandate to buy health insurance. The Christian Science Monitor, "Corrections," 4 Mar. 2019 Jones said the continued points of noncompliance in Parsons v. Ryan and stories of suffering are frustrating and exhausting. Grace Oldham, azcentral, "A mother's frightening story highlights concerns over mental-health care in Arizona prisons," 26 June 2019 The original version misstated the penalty due for noncompliance with the new federal mandate to buy health insurance. The Christian Science Monitor, "Corrections," 4 Mar. 2019 Juul’s reseller agreements include monitoring and penalties for noncompliance with underage restrictions, Mr. David said. Jennifer Maloney, WSJ, "Massachusetts Attorney General Launches Probe of Juul," 24 July 2018 The dispute is over Charter's alleged noncompliance with broadband construction requirements. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "NY ordered Charter to leave the state—but Charter won’t go without fight," 1 Aug. 2018 And incidents of nursing home noncompliance that caused or could have caused serious injuries or fatalities rose by 35 percent in the same period. Anna Gorman, Washington Post, "Weak Oversight Blamed For Poor Care At California Nursing Homes Going Unchecked," 4 May 2018 At this point the Administration should at least cap the price on RINs—a maximum penalty for noncompliance—or allow exports to create RINs and thus increase supply of the credits. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "‘That’s What You Want to Hear’," 10 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of noncompliance

1648, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of noncompliance was in 1648

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English Language Learners Definition of noncompliance

chiefly US, formal : the condition of not having or doing something that is officially required


non·​com·​pli·​ance | \ -kəm-ˈplī-ən(t)s How to pronounce noncompliance (audio) \

Medical Definition of noncompliance

: failure or refusal to comply (as in the taking of prescribed medication)

Other Words from noncompliance

noncompliant \ -​ənt How to pronounce noncompliant (audio) \ adjective

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