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

Other Words from noncooperation

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

Examples of noncooperation in a Sentence

They adopted a strategy of noncooperation until they were treated fairly.
Recent Examples on the Web 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 Roses episode was complicated by the noncooperation of vocalist Axl Rose, who at the time was feuding with his original bandmates. Los Angeles Times, 28 July 2021 The disobedience movement urges all forms of noncooperation with the government, including state workers not turning up for their jobs. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 17 July 2021 LeVinus said landlord noncooperation is rare and not a significant factor in rental assistance, especially because programs can give aid directly to renters if needed. Jessica Boehm, The Arizona Republic, 25 June 2021 Here, too, women have played a vital role, innovating methods of protest such as boycotts, strikes, and other forms of noncooperation that apply pressure on those in power. Yasmeen Serhan, The Atlantic, 12 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of noncooperation

1795, in the meaning defined above

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“Noncooperation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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

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