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

Examples of nonpayment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Peckinpaugh said the department has distributed 10,168 door hanger notices for service interruption for nonpayment since May 16 and as of today, 1,940 of those households have had their water turned off. Katrease Stafford, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit halts water shutoffs in temporary moratorium," 2 July 2018 In the case of nonpayment, China can also call in the entire debt at once. Ben Bohane, New York Times, "South Pacific Nation Shrugs Off Worries on China’s Influence," 13 June 2018 The firm of one lawyer, Sam Silver, who withdrew before Cosby’s second criminal trial, has sued Cosby for nonpayment. Graham Bowley, The Seattle Times, "Bill Cosby, appealing conviction, hires 12th firm and 20th lawyer," 22 Oct. 2018 At one point their utilities were disconnected for nonpayment. Laura Saunders, WSJ, "So Your Wife Embezzled $500,000 and the IRS Wants to Tax You," 3 Aug. 2018 They primarily are designed to protect a contractor — home improvement, auto mechanic, et cetera — against nonpayment from the person who hired them to do the job. Benny L. Kass,, "Is it smart for parents to buy a house for their college kid, then rent out the rooms?," 12 Mar. 2018 The thefts came to light when the elderly woman found herself facing eviction from a personal-care home for nonpayment. Erin Arvedlund,, "Philly DA Krasner's new unit to prosecute elder financial abusers," 22 June 2018 By the time the issue of nonpayment arises, their former student is long gone. WSJ, "Million-Dollar Man? This Is Proof of Idiocy," 1 June 2018 As of last month, however, Drake seemed to be teasing an upcoming Pharrell collab — so if in fact this decades-old nonpayment is the source of all Pusha’s animosity, his timing couldn’t be worse for his pal. Aja Romano, Vox, "Pusha T vs. Drake: the long history of rap’s feud of the moment," 31 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'nonpayment.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of nonpayment

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about nonpayment

Statistics for nonpayment

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for nonpayment

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for nonpayment



English Language Learners Definition of nonpayment

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on nonpayment

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with nonpayment

Spanish Central: Translation of nonpayment

Nglish: Translation of nonpayment for Spanish Speakers

Comments on nonpayment

What made you want to look up nonpayment? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


using a distributed computer network

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Time Traveler Quiz: Which Word Came First?

  • time traveler quiz which word came first
  • Which came first?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!