non·​ne·​go·​tia·​ble ˌnän-ni-ˈgō-sh(ē-)ə-bəl How to pronounce nonnegotiable (audio)
: 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 The proverbial forest through the trees is clear: the dominant domain in which 21st century wars will be decided is cyberspace, and ensuring the security of this domain long into the future is nonnegotiable. Charles Beames, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 The height is nonnegotiable because once the chandelier is put away, the tree uses its power source. Andrea Salcedo, Washington Post, 27 Nov. 2023 Finding a few nonnegotiable values and talking about them in your marketing reminds people there is a real person that cares behind the brand. Expert Panel, Forbes, 18 Apr. 2023 Feeling comfortable, safe, and supported in the workplace has long been heralded as a nonnegotiable, especially among younger workers. Jane Thier, Fortune, 19 Oct. 2023 In this tiny country, compromise is a nonnegotiable virtue. Noo Saro-Wiwa, Condé Nast Traveler, 13 Oct. 2023 But there was one nonnegotiable from the very beginning: that the ceremony would take place at Oakley Court, a dramatic Victorian Gothic country hotel whose creative director is one of the couple’s close friends Alex Eagle. Liam Hess, Vogue, 17 July 2023 Oh Wearing white during the fall and winter months is a wardrobe nonnegotiable, believe it or not. Laura Jackson, Vogue, 6 Oct. 2023 Similarly, Russia says its annexation of Ukrainian territory is nonnegotiable. Michael Crowley, New York Times, 20 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1859, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonnegotiable was in 1859

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“Nonnegotiable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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