non·​con·​sump·​tion ˌnän-kən-ˈsəm(p)-shən How to pronounce nonconsumption (audio)
: failure or refusal to consume something : lack or avoidance of consumption
nonconsumption of fossil fuels
: 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
: 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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Word History

First Known Use

1774, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonconsumption was in 1774

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Cite this Entry

“Nonconsumption.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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