[ in-uh b-zur-vuh ns ]
/ ˌɪn əbˈzɜr vəns /


lack of attention; inattention; heedlessness: drowsy inobservance.
failure to observe a custom, rule, law, or the like; nonobservance: inobservance of the Sabbath.

Origin of inobservance

From the Latin word inobservantia, dating back to 1605–15. See in-3, observance

Related forms

in·ob·serv·ant, adjectivein·ob·serv·ant·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for in-observance


/ (ˌɪnəbˈzɜːvəns) /


lack of compliance with or adherence to a law, religious duty, etc

Derived Forms

inobservant, adjectiveinobservantly, adverb
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