nonobservant

adjective
non·​ob·​ser·​vant | \ ˌnän-əb-ˈzər-vənt How to pronounce nonobservant (audio) \

Definition of nonobservant

: not observant especially : not careful in observing religious rites, laws, and customs a nonobservant Jew

Examples of nonobservant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, BostonGlobe.com, "Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz; made the Talmud more accessible," 9 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of nonobservant

1751, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonobservant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nonobservant. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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