non·​co·​op·​er·​a·​tion ˌnän-kō-ˌä-pə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce noncooperation (audio)
: failure or refusal to cooperate
specifically : refusal through civil disobedience of a people to cooperate with the government of a country

Examples of noncooperation in a Sentence

They adopted a strategy of noncooperation until they were treated fairly.
Recent Examples on the Web America hasn’t conducted on-site inspections of Russia’s nuclear arsenal since March 2020 in any case, first because of Covid-19 and then Russian noncooperation during the war in Ukraine. Matthew Kroenig, WSJ, 1 Mar. 2023 The World Health Organization said noncooperation by China has forced the global body to halt its probe into the origins of the coronavirus but later walked that back. Aidin Vaziri, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 Feb. 2023 For technical reasons, noncooperation could literally lead to the physical loss of the station. Leroy Chiao, CNN, 8 Feb. 2022 The head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog urged Iran on Monday to cooperate with his inspectors amid a standoff over its atomic program and a threat by Western nations to censure Tehran over its noncooperation. Emily Schultheis, ajc, 6 June 2022 The report indicated there were consistent patterns of noncooperation with state regulators, tax breaches undertaken with the knowledge of multiple senior staff, and serious breaches of responsible-gaming obligations. Mike Cherney, WSJ, 26 Oct. 2021 As prosecutors consider the matter, their evidence-gathering phase could include subpoenaing witnesses to a grand jury who could testify about what Bannon told them and provide details about the reasoning for his noncooperation with Congress. Katelyn Polantz, CNN, 22 Oct. 2021 His latest calls for noncooperation included telling the rank-and-file to refuse direct orders from supervisors about filling out the city portal form. Alice Yin,, 15 Oct. 2021 Passive Aggression: Passive-aggressive behavior is defined as denoting or pertaining to a personality type or behavior marked by the expression of negative emotions in passive ways, indirect, as through manipulation or noncooperation. Patricia Fersch, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1795, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of noncooperation was in 1795

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“Noncooperation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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: failure or refusal to cooperate especially with the government

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