nonresponse

noun
non·​re·​sponse | \ ˌnän-ri-ˈspän(t)s How to pronounce nonresponse (audio) \
plural nonresponses

Definition of nonresponse

1 : a refusal or failure to respond : lack of response a nonresponse to a complaint nonresponse to medical treatment
2 : an empty or unsatisfactory response Questions to the staff brought a familiar nonresponse: Nobody could provide any information because of HIPAA.— Paula Span

Examples of nonresponse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But in many cases, such as in the 2016 election polls, nonresponse matters. Baobao Zhang, Fortune, "In defense of pollsters," 13 Nov. 2020 If it’s not properly addressed, systemic nonresponse could have harmful policy implications. Baobao Zhang, Fortune, "In defense of pollsters," 13 Nov. 2020 Rather than nonresponse bias or a response-rate problem or something that can be solved through weighting or smart analytics, this challenge requires a bit more art than science to solve. Kristen Soltis Anderson, Washington Examiner, "Survey says ... Fix polling," 12 Nov. 2020 Sampling error does not take into account other sources of variation inherent in public opinion surveys, such as nonresponse, question wording or context effects. Star Tribune, "Race, policing and the Black Lives Matter movement," 30 Sep. 2020 Sampling error does not take into account other sources of variation inherent in public opinion surveys, such as nonresponse, question wording or context effects. Star Tribune, "Race, policing and the Black Lives Matter movement," 30 Sep. 2020 But the Census Bureau only makes city and county response data available for self-response - not for nonresponse followup. Ramsey Archibald | Rarchibald@al.com, al, "Feds say nearly all Alabama households counted as Census enters last day," 15 Oct. 2020 Sampling error does not take into account other sources of variation inherent in public opinion surveys, such as nonresponse, question wording or context effects. Star Tribune, "Race, policing and the Black Lives Matter movement," 30 Sep. 2020 Sampling error does not take into account other sources of variation inherent in public opinion surveys, such as nonresponse, question wording or context effects. Star Tribune, "Race, policing and the Black Lives Matter movement," 30 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of nonresponse

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Nonresponse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nonresponse. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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