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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Lori defied a court order to produce the children, and was arrested and jailed on felony counts of desertion and nonsupport of dependent children, among other charges. Jeff Truesdell, PEOPLE.com, 2 Sep. 2021 Isn't the dominant, and consistent, reality the nonsupport? CNN, 12 Aug. 2021 She was charged with desertion and nonsupport of dependent children, resisting or obstructing officers, criminal solicitation to commit a crime, contempt of court and willful disobedience of court process or order. Christine Pelisek, PEOPLE.com, 6 Aug. 2021 Cromwell was also wanted for felony nonsupport of a child out of Hamilton County, records say. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, 14 Apr. 2021 Cromwell was also wanted for felony nonsupport of a child out of Hamilton County, records say. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, 14 Apr. 2021 Cromwell was also wanted for felony nonsupport of a child out of Hamilton County, records say. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, 14 Apr. 2021 Vallow is charged with two felony counts of desertion and nonsupport of dependent children, Madison County Prosecutor Rob Wood said in a prepared statement at the time. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, 9 Sep. 2019 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Nonsupport.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nonsupport. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

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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