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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Recent Examples on the Web The businesses are suing for breach of contract, noncompliance with the Texas Insurance Code and other claims. Patrick Danner,, "San Antonio chef Jason Dady sues over restaurants’ lost business," 18 May 2020 The agency cited progress in reductions of significant noncompliance with pollution discharge requirements from the first quarter of fiscal year 2019 to the first quarter of this fiscal year. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Report: As EPA pulls back under Trump, serious pollution rises on Great Lakes," 20 Apr. 2020 Courting contempt Separation of powers, states’ rights and religious freedom each have been invoked as a justification for official noncompliance with court orders. Austin Sarat, The Conversation, "Barr isn’t the first powerful official to defy the courts and risk legitimizing contempt for the law," 13 Mar. 2020 Harris County was just hours into its 30-day mask mandate when Abbott announced the reopening Monday, adding that masks were recommended but not required and striking down the county's fines for noncompliance. Houston Chronicle, "Want to eat in a restaurant? You should follow this Texas checklist from Gov. Abbott," 28 Apr. 2020 Pham: Oregon should set clear goals for emissions reductions in different sectors and hold companies accountable for violations with significant fees for noncompliance. oregonlive, "Who will represent stretch of Southeast Portland in Oregon House? 2 Democrats vie for open seat," 23 Apr. 2020 Johnson said the police would also be given the authority to disperse gatherings and issue fines for noncompliance. NBC News, "Coronavirus: U.S. and Europe tighten lockdowns as restrictions lift in origin of pandemic," 24 Mar. 2020 Civil penalties are monetary payments used to punish violations of environmental laws, as well as allow the government to recover the economic benefit of noncompliance. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "EPA enforcement is down while industry violations across the Midwest are up, new report says," 20 Apr. 2020 The Phoenix, Mesa, Tucson and Flagstaff police departments had not cited any businesses for noncompliance with city or state mandates related to COVID-19. Chelsea Curtis, azcentral, "Not ‘a police state': Winslow looks for clarity after citing 1st nonessential business," 17 Apr. 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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22 May 2020

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“Noncompliance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 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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