non·​use | \ ˌnän-ˈyüs How to pronounce nonuse (audio) \

Definition of nonuse

1 : failure to use nonuse of available material
2 : the fact or condition of not being used

Examples of nonuse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In homes, those problems include premature discarding of foodstuffs, supersize portions, nonuse and misuse. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Delicious, not discarded: Get more out of your fresh produce," 14 Apr. 2021 It’s a recurring situation that results from a history of neglect, questionable policy decisions, philosophic disagreements, inadequate resources, nonuse of available resources — and sometimes chance. Michael Smolens Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: San Diego can never make up its mind about tackling homelessness," 21 Mar. 2021 In a famous 1990s case, a restaurateur in South Africa successfully argued that McDonald’s Corp. had let its trademark lapse through nonuse. Khadeeja Safdar, WSJ, "How Supreme Got Pulled Into a Fight for Its Billion-Dollar Brand," 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of nonuse

1542, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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1 May 2021

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“Nonuse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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non·​use | \ ˌnän-ˈyüs How to pronounce nonuse (audio) \

Legal Definition of nonuse

1 : failure to use nonuse of land
2 : the fact or condition of not being used

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