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 To make resting on a long flight or international train ride more comfortable, a solid neck pillow is nonnegotiable. Felicity Warner, USA TODAY, "Vaccinated? Traveling abroad? These 10 essentials will make your journey easier," 30 Apr. 2021 While the basic components are nonnegotiable, the city does leave some room for creativity so restaurants can distinguish themselves. Chieko Tsuneoka, WSJ, "If You Can Make New York Cheesecake in Japan, You Can Make It Anywhere," 29 Apr. 2021 For others, tapping into the crowded digital space was nonnegotiable. Jessica Militare, Forbes, "Three Founders Share Their Strategies For Building Community During The Pandemic," 5 Apr. 2021 Yet herein lies the startling, nonnegotiable claim of the Christian faith, the event that turned a disillusioned band of followers into the most resilient and transformative religious community in history. Joseph Loconte, National Review, "How C. S. Lewis Accepted Christianity," 4 Apr. 2021 Day gifts are nonnegotiable when showing up for her. Talia Abbas, Glamour, "The 55 Best Mother’s Day Gifts for Every Kind of Mom in Your Life," 2 Apr. 2021 Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Republican colleagues insist tax hikes are nonnegotiable, given the scope and scale of Biden's framework. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "White House presses GOP to counter with own infrastructure pay-fors," 1 Apr. 2021 Shapiro saves the best nonnegotiable idea for last, the one that challenges our humanity and our view of the world and the world beyond — forgiveness. Neil Senturia, San Diego Union-Tribune, "How to break free of emotions that trigger stalemates in negotiations," 30 Mar. 2021 If the traditional milk chocolate is nonnegotiable, Valrhona’s Pure Origin Bar Bahibé will give you the right milky, nutty notes. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "S’mores for Grown-Ups: A Boozy, Beautifully Balanced Recipe," 25 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of nonnegotiable

1859, in the meaning defined above

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10 May 2021

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“Nonnegotiable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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