no-fault

[noh-fawlt]
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noun

Also called no-fault insurance. a form of automobile insurance designed to enable the policyholder in case of an accident to collect a certain basic compensation promptly for economic loss from his or her own insurance company without determination of liability.

adjective

of, relating to, or requiring no-fault insurance: a no-fault law; no-fault coverage.
of, relating to, or designating a divorce in which there is no attempt or need to hold either party responsible for the breakup.

Origin of no-fault

An Americanism dating back to 1965–70
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Contemporary Examples of no-fault

  • They ultimately settled with each other and agreed to a no-fault divorce on Jan. 18, 2007.

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    Most Dysfunctional Star Couples

    The Daily Beast

    November 3, 2010

  • But in 2003, New York was the last state in America that still didn't have no-fault divorce on the books.

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    My Fight to Stop My Divorce

    Beverly Willett

    August 28, 2010

  • If no-fault is good, why do we have the highest divorce rate of any Western nation?

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    My Fight to Stop My Divorce

    Beverly Willett

    August 28, 2010

  • “The best interests of the child” governs in child custody, yet no-fault divorce does not serve that end.

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    My Fight to Stop My Divorce

    Beverly Willett

    August 28, 2010

  • But no-fault divorce takes away a woman's bargaining chips when her husband decides he wants to ditch her.

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    My Fight to Stop My Divorce

    Beverly Willett

    August 28, 2010


Word Origin and History for no-fault
adj.

as a type of U.S. motor vehicle insurance, 1967, from no + fault (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper