non·​im·​por·​ta·​tion ˌnän-ˌim-ˌpȯr-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce nonimportation (audio)
: cessation or prohibition of the import of goods from another country especially as employed against Great Britain by the American colonies in the Revolutionary era in retaliation for the Townshend Acts and by the U.S. in the Napoleonic era as a measure of reprisal for British violations of American neutral rights
… some of the most vocal supporters of nonimportation (including John Hancock) had been violating the agreement.Mary Beth Norton et al.
often used before another noun
a nonimportation policy

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Among the earliest expressions of American national identity was the 1765 nonimportation agreement among Boston merchants in response to British revenue acts, supported by boycotts of British goods by local households. Marc M. Arkin, WSJ, 21 Sep. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1762, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonimportation was in 1762

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“Nonimportation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2023.

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