nonengagement

noun

non·​en·​gage·​ment ˌnän-in-ˈgāj-mənt How to pronounce nonengagement (audio)
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: failure or refusal to engage someone or something : lack of engagement
… the countryʼs engagement or nonengagement in international events and crises.Martin Folly

Examples of nonengagement in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This nonengagement strategy worked: After presenting himself as an ostentatiously humble cipher during confirmation hearings, the 49-year-old Gorsuch was elevated to the Supreme Court by a vote of 54 to 45. Mark Joseph Stern, Slate Magazine, 17 May 2017 There’s no neurotic guilt, but there is a lingering need to cover up and justify a posture of nonengagement. Christopher Buckley, Esquire, 20 Sep. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1727, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonengagement was in 1727

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“Nonengagement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nonengagement. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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