non·​ob·​ser·​vant ˌnän-əb-ˈzər-vənt How to pronounce nonobservant (audio)
: not observant
especially : not careful in observing religious rites, laws, and customs
a nonobservant Jew

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Raised in a nonobservant Jewish family in the affluent Bay Area town of Hillsborough, California, Grobman had been in trouble for years. Alix Wall,, 1 Sep. 2021 About 300 people, most affiliated with EMIH but also including some nonobservant Hungarian Jews, attended a street celebration that culminated with the affixing of a new mezuzah at the synagogue by Rabbi Szlomo Koves, the head of EMIH. Cnaan Liphshiz,, 8 Sep. 2021 Rabbi Steinsaltz was a devoted disciple of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, who died in 1994, and his Chabad-Lubavitch school of Judaism, which embraces nonobservant Jews and proselytizes among them. Joseph Berger,, 9 Aug. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1751, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonobservant was in 1751

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Cite this Entry

“Nonobservant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

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