nonsupport

noun

non·​sup·​port ˌnän-sə-ˈpȯrt How to pronounce nonsupport (audio)
: failure to support
specifically : failure (as of a parent) to honor a statutory or contractual obligation to provide maintenance

Examples of nonsupport in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In early 2020, Vallow was arrested and extradited to Idaho for nonsupport and desertion of her children, while Daybell was not arrested until that summer, when investigators found JJ and Tylee in shallow graves at his ranch house. Miles Klee, Rolling Stone, 10 Apr. 2024 Vallow is currently on trial for multiple charges, including two felony counts of desertion and nonsupport of children, according to a criminal complaint filed with an Idaho court. Konstantin Toropin, CNN, 10 June 2020 After Vallow and her husband were found in Hawaii, she was arrested in February and extradited to Idaho on charges of desertion and nonsupport of dependent children. NBC News, 9 June 2020 Isn’t the dominant, and consistent, reality the nonsupport? Emma Tucker and Omar Jimenez, CNN, 12 Aug. 2021 Vallow failed to abide by the order and was later arrested on charges of desertion and nonsupport of dependent children. Doha Madani, NBC News, 4 Apr. 2023 Lori was previously arrested on several charges that February, including two felony counts of desertion and nonsupport of dependent children. Glenn Garner, Peoplemag, 1 Apr. 2023 She was arrested and booked on felony counts of desertion and nonsupport of dependent children, as well as resisting or obstructing officers, criminal solicitation to commit a crime, contempt of court and willful disobedience of court process or order. Greg Hanlon, PEOPLE.com, 19 Apr. 2022 My parents are supportive of my decision to foster and potentially adopt, but my brother has been vocal in his nonsupport. Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, 14 Aug. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonsupport was in 1851

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“Nonsupport.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nonsupport. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

nonsupport

noun
non·​sup·​port ˌnän(t)-sə-ˈpō(ə)rt How to pronounce nonsupport (audio)
-ˈpȯ(ə)rt
: failure to support
especially : failure to provide legally required financial support

Legal Definition

nonsupport

noun
non·​sup·​port ˌnän-sə-ˈpȯrt How to pronounce nonsupport (audio)
: failure (as of a parent) to honor a statutory or contractual obligation to provide support
also : the crime of such failure to support

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