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nonobservance

[non-uh b-zur-vuh ns] /ˌnɒn əbˈzɜr vəns/
noun
1.
absence or lack of observance.
Origin of nonobservance
1735-1745
First recorded in 1735-45; non- + observance
Related forms
nonobservant, adjective
nonobservantly, adverb
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  • This is intended only for those who have been as non-observant as myself, and not the wise, who are always posted.

  • My companion was an old and non-observant man, who had come in after the rest of us.

    The Bronze Hand Anna Katharine Green (Mrs. Charles Rohlfs)
  • The Russian proverb says of the non-observant man, “He goes through the forest and sees no firewood.”

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles

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