non·​com·​pli·​ance ˌnän-kəm-ˈplī-ən(t)s How to pronounce noncompliance (audio)
: failure or refusal to comply with something (such as a rule or regulation) : a state of not being in compliance
terminated for noncompliance
noncompliant adjective
noncompliant patients
a noncompliant facility

Examples of noncompliance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Records show many of the noncompliance items, including numerous problems outlined in San Diego County facilities, stemmed from a failure to make required updates to department policies, not from specific sanitation or safety issues. Keri Blakinger, Los Angeles Times, 12 Dec. 2023 Companies double down on office mandates Still, some companies are going all in on mandates, reminding workers and sometimes threatening promotions and job security for noncompliance. Danielle Abril, Washington Post, 24 Jan. 2024 While masks are effective, mandates’ efficacy varies due to issues like noncompliance and incorrect usage. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, 19 Jan. 2024 The first report alleging YouTube's noncompliance with federal laws came last week from Adalytics and was quickly corroborated by research from Fairplay, one of the groups behind the FTC letter, The New York Times reported. Ashley Belanger, Ars Technica, 23 Aug. 2023 And with the regulatory stakes becoming higher, mitigating risk around noncompliance will be forefront for finance chiefs. Bysheryl Estrada, Fortune, 9 Aug. 2023 Garnett-Civils said common industries with wage noncompliance in Kentucky are agriculture, landscaping and landscape contracting, and limited-service restaurants. Olivia Evans, The Courier-Journal, 8 Jan. 2024 The commission would have the authority to issue advisory opinions, conduct transparency audits, direct government officials to comply with the records requests and issue disciplinary actions for noncompliance, including filing lawsuits to make government officials comply with records requests. Neal Earley,, 10 Dec. 2023 While some parts of Obamacare were scaled back during the Trump presidency — most dramatically, the individual mandate was neutered by zeroing out the penalties for noncompliance — much of the program’s spending and its web of regulations remain in place. The Editors, National Review, 4 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1648, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of noncompliance was in 1648

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Cite this Entry

“Noncompliance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition


non·​com·​pli·​ance -kəm-ˈplī-ən(t)s How to pronounce noncompliance (audio)
: failure or refusal to comply (as in the taking of prescribed medication)
noncompliant adjective

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