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, "Democrats Are Waging War against Tradition and the Constitution," 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, "Northam to ban guns from grounds of Virginia State Capitol," 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, "Deputy head of Homeland Security Dept. stepping down after less than a year," 6 Mar. 2018 Legislative reform is the long-term answer, but administrative nonenforcement seems like the only readily available option. Jim Newell, Slate Magazine, "Republicans Went to Philadelphia in Search of Health Care Answers," 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 27 Oct. 2020.

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