non·​co·​op·​er·​a·​tion | \ ˌnän-kō-ˌä-pə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce noncooperation (audio) \

Definition of noncooperation

: failure or refusal to cooperate specifically : refusal through civil disobedience of a people to cooperate with the government of a country

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noncooperationist \ ˌnän-​kō-​ˌä-​pə-​ˈrā-​sh(ə-​)nist How to pronounce noncooperationist (audio) \ noun
noncooperator \ ˌnän-​kō-​ˈä-​pə-​ˌrā-​tər How to pronounce noncooperator (audio) \ noun

Examples of noncooperation in a Sentence

They adopted a strategy of noncooperation until they were treated fairly.

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If Dowd offered a pardon in return for noncooperation with the Mueller investigation into the legality of Trump’s actions, that would be a blatant case of obstruction of justice. Sean Illing, Vox, "I asked 11 legal experts if Trump’s lawyer obstructed justice," 29 Mar. 2018 The restrictions on Venezuela are focused on government officials, not regular citizens, saying the U.S. has alternate ways of obtaining information on Venezuelans despite government noncooperation. Laura Meckler, WSJ, "U.S. Adds North Korea, Venezuela and Chad to List of Nations Facing Travel Restrictions," 24 Sep. 2017 Significantly, all but one of these reviews were hindered by the noncooperation of the two individuals at the heart of the courses. Joseph Spears, Indianapolis Star, "NCAA clears North Carolina of academic violations," 13 Oct. 2017 No wonder Mahatma Gandhi made prohibition the cornerstone of his noncooperation movement against British domination. Mark Lawrence Schrad, Washington Post, "On Prohibition’s 100th anniversary, here’s a distillation of 3 myths about the temperance movement.," 1 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of noncooperation

1795, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of noncooperation

: failure or refusal to do what someone has told or asked you to do : lack of cooperation

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