non·​en·​gage·​ment | \ ˌnän-in-ˈgāj-mənt How to pronounce nonengagement (audio) , -en- \

Definition of nonengagement

: 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, "Neil Gorsuch will be the enduring symbol of a disastrous presidency.," 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, "Viet Guilt," 20 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of nonengagement

1727, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonengagement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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