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

Examples of noncompliance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But pockets of noncompliance remain — especially in outdoor parks, where people gather with friends. Anna Kramer,, "Bay Area residents mostly wear masks and follow coronavirus rules. But there’s a big exception," 3 Aug. 2020 The rate had been as low as 0.62 in recent weeks and had climbed amid reports of noncompliance with mask and social-distance orders., "California Cases Accelerate; Birx Sees ‘New Phase’: Virus Update," 2 Aug. 2020 Then, there are those who go further than noncompliance—like the unmasked woman who deliberately coughed on a brain tumor patient. Claire Gillespie,, "Unmasked Florida Woman Purposefully Coughs on Brain Tumor Patient—and the Shocking Video Is Going Viral," 1 July 2020 Halsey Beshears, the department secretary, said the action was taken because of an increase in COVID-19 cases and noncompliance by some businesses. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "17 states are pausing reopening plans as COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations surge. See the list.," 30 June 2020 In July 2018, the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board issued a notice of noncompliance saying that the Sacramento facility, still under construction, lacked proper state permits. Scott Morris, ProPublica, "How a PG&E Contractor With a Sketchy Past Made Millions After California’s Deadliest Fire," 30 June 2010 And widespread noncompliance leads to widespread infection. Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press, "Mitch Albom: Young people, bars and the coronavirus. What did we expect?," 28 June 2020 New York is threatening thousands of dollars in fines for noncompliance. Jonathan Levin, Fortune, "As hospitalizations hit new records and states impose quarantines, businesses reconsider reopening," 25 June 2020 While Gilbert's mandate requires masks in public, there are no penalties for noncompliance. Sasha Hupka, azcentral, "Maricopa County sends mandate to every resident in the county: Wear a mask no matter what city, town or area you live in," 19 June 2020

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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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6 Aug 2020

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“Noncompliance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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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)

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

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