non·​com·​pli·​ance | \ˌnän-kəm-ˈplī-ən(t)s \

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 \ adjective
noncompliant patients a noncompliant facility

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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 But under last year’s final tax-reform bill, people no longer face a penalty for noncompliance as of January 2019. Alex Pappas, Fox News, "ObamaCare Double Whammy: Two big Trump changes could spur insurance exchange exodus," 10 Aug. 2018 If this is true, stories of transgender people unsuccessfully applying for gender marker changes may point to noncompliance. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Transgender People Share Their Passport Application Difficulties," 1 Aug. 2018 If needed, fines for those in noncompliance range from $100 per violation per day for minor violations to up to $1,000 per violation per day for the most hazardous of violations. Karen Pearlman,, "El Cajon apartment inspection program keeping city safer," 14 June 2018 The Joint Commission, which accredits many U.S. hospitals and surgery centers, issued a safety alert last year about disinfection and sterilization of medical devices in response to a growing rate of noncompliance. Chad Terhune, Washington Post, "Study: Nearly Three-Quarters Of Commonly Used Medical Scopes Tainted By Bacteria," 23 Apr. 2018 Most of the noncompliance findings were administrative, such as not completing paperwork as required or posting proper signage. Anchorage Daily News, "Audit finds 70 percent of British Columbia fish-processing plants do not comply with environmental regulations," 8 July 2018 Alongside outright noncompliance and public outcries from increasingly authoritarian countries such as Turkey, Russia and Hungary, the ECtHR has been under fire by liberal democracies as well. Filiz Kahraman, Washington Post, "Why Turkey’s human rights violations won’t end up in court," 12 June 2018 Non-filing can be attributed to a number scenarios such as receipt of nontaxable retirement income, inadequate withholding and/or basic noncompliance. Katrease Stafford, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit seeks to compel landlords to list renters in search for tax evaders," 17 Apr. 2018

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The first known use of noncompliance was in 1648

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non·​com·​pli·​ance | \-kəm-ˈplī-ən(t)s \

Medical Definition of noncompliance 

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

Other Words from noncompliance

noncompliant \-​ənt \ adjective

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