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[in-uh b-zur-vuh ns]
  1. lack of attention; inattention; heedlessness: drowsy inobservance.
  2. failure to observe a custom, rule, law, or the like; nonobservance: inobservance of the Sabbath.
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Origin of inobservance

From the Latin word inobservantia, dating back to 1605–15. See in-3, observance
Related formsin·ob·serv·ant, adjectivein·ob·serv·ant·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples

  • They justly blame also his inobservance of propriety, his hyperbolical extravagance, his harsh metaphors, his affected thoughts.

    Introduction to the Literature of Europe in the Fifteenth, Sixteenth, and Seventeenth Centuries, Vol. 1

    Henry Hallam

British Dictionary definitions for inobservance


  1. heedlessness
  2. lack of compliance with or adherence to a law, religious duty, etc
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Derived Formsinobservant, adjectiveinobservantly, adverb
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