non·​pay·​ment | \ ˌnän-ˈpā-mənt How to pronounce nonpayment (audio) \

Definition of nonpayment

: neglect or failure to pay nonpayment of a debt was evicted for nonpayment of rent

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Recent Examples on the Web The seven filings seek a total $49,615.98 for eight months of nonpayment. Stephen Steed, Arkansas Online, "Tax debts led to downtown Little Rock hotel's closing," 27 Nov. 2019 Lightfoot, who included the water initiative in her recent budget address to the City Council, had already announced a moratorium on water shutoffs in May. City data show there’s been only one water disconnection for nonpayment so far this year. Cecilia Reyes,, "Low-income Chicagoans may get break on water bills through discounted rate, debt relief," 1 Nov. 2019 In cities with lax tenant protections, landlords can use the strike to push tenants out over nonpayment of rent. Marissa J. Lang, Washington Post, "Rent strikes grow in popularity among tenants as gentrification drives up rents in cities like D.C.," 9 June 2018 In December, Mancari and Reichman filed separate lawsuits against the gallery and its founders over nonpayment. Carolina A. Miranda,, "CB1 Gallery in the Arts District to close after artists allege nonpayment," 20 Apr. 2018 Todd Chrisley may now live in Nashville but WSB-TV questions nonpayment of Georgia taxes. Sonia Rao, Washington Post, "Accusations of tax evasion, fraud and estranged children: What’s going on with the Chrisleys?," 15 Aug. 2019 During Wednesday's hearing, which ran until almost 8 p.m., Champion referenced the recent disclosures from APS that two people died last summer after having their power cut off for nonpayment. Ryan Randazzo, azcentral, "Regulators close complaint against APS, leave utility rates unchanged for now," 10 July 2019 Boerner had a year to address his tax delinquency because he was given a notice of sale in 2018 for nonpayment of his 2017 property taxes, Penzone said. Robert Anglen, azcentral, "Disabled Arizona veteran whose mobile home was auctioned off will get to stay," 19 July 2019 Bipartisan legislation to stop the state’s practice of suspending licenses for nonpayment of court fines died during the General Assembly session. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, "Out with plastic straws, up with minimum wage and in with happy-hour ads as new laws take effect in Virginia, Maryland and the District," 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of nonpayment

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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4 Dec 2019

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“Nonpayment.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of nonpayment

formal : failure to pay money that you owe for rent, taxes, etc.

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