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[non-kuh m-plahy-uh ns] /ˌnɒn kəmˈplaɪ əns/
failure or refusal to comply, as with a law, regulation, or term of a contract.
Origin of noncompliance
1680-90; non- + compliance
Related forms
noncompliant, noncomplying, adjective, noun Unabridged
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  • His non-compliance forfeited his life, for he was shot off it like a crow.

    Norfolk Annals Charles Mackie
  • For non-compliance with notice for the construction of drains, privies, &c., 10s.

  • Pansy looked at her in wonder; but wonder with Pansy had never been a reason for non-compliance.

  • East side, non-compliance; street bad and narrow, and to the east of the road.

    Toronto of Old Henry Scadding
  • "I pray your majesty not to attribute my non-compliance with your wishes to want of zeal," said Sir John.

    Boscobel: or, the royal oak William Harrison Ainsworth
  • Don't they already think that your non-compliance with their odious measures is owing a good deal to my advice?

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • A Protest there is a reason given for non-compliance, not a subterfuge for an equivocal occasional compliance.

British Dictionary definitions for non-compliance


the act or state of not complying
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for non-compliance

also noncompliance, 1680s, from non- + compliance. Related: Noncompliant.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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