nondecision

noun non·de·ci·sion \ ˌnän-di-ˈsi-zhən \

Definition of nondecision

1 : an inadequate decision : a statement or determination that is presented as a decision but that avoids or leaves unresolved the issue being considered
  • The Court promoted uncertainty … with its nondecision a year later …
  • —Alan Freeman
2 : failure to make a decision
  • … asked the board to second both motions so the board could vote and everyone could move on. It didn't happen. Frustrated with the nondecision, the 20 or so residents who attended for that issue left …
  • —Lenore T. Adkins

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First Known Use of nondecision

1826


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