non·​en·​force·​ment | \ ˌnän-in-ˈfȯr-smənt How to pronounce nonenforcement (audio) , -en- \

Definition of nonenforcement

: failure or refusal to enforce or carry out something (such as a law or order) : lack of enforcement their nonenforcement of the new rule

Examples of nonenforcement in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The nonenforcement of laws against rioting and looting has become common in big cities. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, 13 Aug. 2020 More than 90% of counties in the commonwealth have passed resolutions signaling defiance and nonenforcement of potential gun control laws. John Gage, Washington Examiner, 14 Jan. 2020 The ruling was the second time a federal judge has rebuffed the Trump administration’s nonenforcement of the methane rule. Washington Post, 6 Mar. 2018 Legislative reform is the long-term answer, but administrative nonenforcement seems like the only readily available option. Jim Newell, Slate Magazine, 27 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of nonenforcement

1848, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonenforcement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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