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

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Recent Examples on the Web Johnson has blinked in talks with Europe before, over the what to about the Irish border, but his government insisted Thursday that maintaining full sovereignty was nonnegotiable. Quentin Ariès, Washington Post, "Boris Johnson threatens to walk away if Europe doesn’t meet his demands in trade talks," 27 Feb. 2020 But nearly everyone who’s ever been to the Asbury Park area will tell you that going to Talula’s is nonnegotiable. Autotrader, Bon Appétit, "The Ultimate Pizza Road Trip of the Northeast," 18 Feb. 2020 Somaliland leaders have dismissed the allegations and insisted that their sovereignty is nonnegotiable. Washington Post, "Leaders of Somalia, breakaway Somaliland meet in Ethiopia," 12 Feb. 2020 Favorite Feature The Pivot—accessing our rear doors was nonnegotiable for our van setup! Drew Zieff, Outside Online, "11 Things to Take Your Van from Dirtbag to Dream Home," 16 Jan. 2020 Identify everything nonnegotiable already on your calendar. Nicole Lapin, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Be More Productive—and Actually Get What You Want," 18 Sep. 2019 Tell him it’s nonnegotiable — as is your being worthy of it. Carolyn Hax, The Mercury News, "Carolyn Hax: Can I ask her to go blonde without getting slapped?," 25 Aug. 2019 That’s why officials in Dublin and Brussels consider the backstop nonnegotiable. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "If Boris Johnson gets his Brexit, it may break the United Kingdom," 31 July 2019 Well, safety is a nonnegotiable, so running in parking lots is not an option, period. Meghan Leahy, Washington Post, "How do parents deal with a child’s defiant behavior?," 24 July 2019

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First Known Use of nonnegotiable

1859, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonnegotiable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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