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 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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First Known Use of nonobservant

1751, in the meaning defined above

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11 Sep 2021

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“Nonobservant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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