inobservance

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

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. innuit,
  2. innumerable,
  3. innumerate,
  4. innutrition,
  5. ino,
  6. inobservant,
  7. inobtrusive,
  8. inoculable,
  9. inoculant,
  10. inoculate

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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British Dictionary definitions for inobservant

inobservance

/ (ˌɪnəbˈzɜːvəns) /

noun

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

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Word Origin and History for inobservant

inobservant

adj.

1660s, from Latin inobservantem (nominative inobservans) "inattentive, negligent," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + observans (see observance).

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