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[non-uh-peer-uh ns] /ˌnɒn əˈpɪər əns/
failure to appear, as in a court.
Origin of nonappearance
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1425-75; See origin at non-, appearance Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The lightkeeper's nonappearance began to worry him a trifle.

    The Woman-Haters Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The nonappearance of these supernatural beings in the present day, may be fairly ascribed to the decay of the learned languages.

  • It hurt him to think that his captain would set his nonappearance down to carelessness, and so it had been in a way.

    Frank Armstrong at College Matthew M. Colton
  • Both are classified as a whorl and referenced to a loop to take care of the rare contingency of nonappearance.

    The Science of Fingerprints Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • There had been a good deal of talk and excitement over the nonappearance in Meander of the man who drew the first chance.

    Claim Number One

    George W. (George Washington) Ogden
  • The nonappearance of the mysterious riders was suspicious, for if their intentions were friendly they would have come boldly on.

    The Trail Horde

    Charles Alden Seltzer
  • Vaguely hoping that he would sanction my nonappearance at the finals, I related my embarrassing unpreparedness.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
British Dictionary definitions for nonappearance


failure to appear or attend, esp as a defendant or witness in court
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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