non·​ob·​ser·​vance ˌnän-əb-ˈzər-vən(t)s How to pronounce nonobservance (audio)
: lack of observance : failure to observe something (such as a law or custom)
supports the state's nonobservance of daylight savings time
nonobservance of safety regulations

Examples of nonobservance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Supreme Court’s landmark decision in that case recognized the continued existence of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s reservation in Oklahoma after roughly a century of nonobservance by state and federal officials. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 24 May 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonobservance was in the 15th century

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“Nonobservance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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