non·​con·​sump·​tion | \ ˌnän-kən-ˈsəm(p)-shən How to pronounce nonconsumption (audio) \

Definition of nonconsumption

1 : failure or refusal to consume something : lack or avoidance of consumption nonconsumption of fossil fuels
2 : financial activity (such as saving or investing) that does not involve purchasing goods or services the portion of the budget spent on nonconsumption often used before another noun income used for nonconsumption purposes
3 : a use or purpose other than consumption water suitable only for nonconsumption

Examples of nonconsumption in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yet despite the promise of online tutoring and many online tutoring businesses that emerged in the subsequent years, the tutoring nonconsumption seemed to persist and no dominant entity emerged in the field. Michael B. Horn, Forbes, 30 June 2022 Women figure prominently in his account, if not as a cause of the revolution then for their innovative efforts to enforce the nonconsumption of British imports and later to support the Continental Army amid its privations. Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2021 But is this about specialness, or any of a number of other reasons for nonconsumption? Jacqueline Rifkin, CNN, 6 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of nonconsumption

1774, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Jul 2022

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“Nonconsumption.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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