non·​con·​for·​mance ˌnän-kən-ˈfȯr-mən(t)s How to pronounce nonconformance (audio)
: failure to conform

Examples of nonconformance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Such agreements could outline the standards, norms or rules that companies and host governments will be held liable in the event of nonconformance. Andy Purdy, Forbes, 11 July 2022 This is a notable example of one of the U.S. government’s highest-priority programs that there needs to be strict levels of assurance requirements, conformance programs with adequate transparency and substantial consequences for nonconformance. Andy Purdy, Forbes, 11 July 2022 Responsible parties must be held accountable and face meaningful consequences for nonconformance. Andy Purdy, Forbes, 7 May 2021 All artificial decorations placed in nonconformance with this chapter or with rules established by the Sexton pursuant thereto shall be subject to confiscation. Courant Community, 3 Apr. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1786, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonconformance was in 1786

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“Nonconformance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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