non·​ne·​go·​tia·​ble | \ ˌnän-ni-ˈgō-sh(ē-)ə-bəl How to pronounce nonnegotiable (audio) \

Definition of nonnegotiable

: not negotiable especially : not open to discussion or reconsideration a list of nonnegotiable demands a nonnegotiable fee

Examples of nonnegotiable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Maxidresses for summer are what lug sole boots are for fall: nonnegotiable and a no-brainer for getting through the season in style. Talia Abbas, Glamour, 5 May 2022 Paler than the 18 karats that flickered at my neck and wrists, dark and brooding — but yellow nonetheless, a nonnegotiable. Mariam Rahmani, Los Angeles Times, 21 Apr. 2022 Schumer described the importance of the PACT Act as a nonnegotiable step in bringing closure and healing. Zoha Qamar, ABC News, 29 Mar. 2022 The only nonnegotiable ingredient is the Mochiko, the sweet flour that makes this treat almost marshmallowlike. New York Times, 14 Feb. 2022 When two people each know themselves and their life goals and differ on something so fundamental like whether to have a child, consider that a nonnegotiable issue. Washington Post, 2 Feb. 2022 For travel through dangerous terrain, the transceiver, shovel, and probe trifecta has long been treated as nonnegotiable avalanche safety equipment. Outside Online, 5 Dec. 2021 There’s the family stuff and the business stuff, and the business stuff is nonnegotiable. Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2022 Certain accommodations don't have bathrooms, so be sure to book a Frontier Cabin if a shower is nonnegotiable. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 12 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of nonnegotiable

1859, in the meaning defined above

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10 May 2022

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“Nonnegotiable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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non·​ne·​go·​tia·​ble | \ ˌnän-ni-ˈgō-shə-bəl \

Legal Definition of nonnegotiable

: not negotiable

Other Words from nonnegotiable

nonnegotiability \ -​nə-​ˌgō-​shə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun

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