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[non-kuh m-plahy-uh ns]
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  1. failure or refusal to comply, as with a law, regulation, or term of a contract.
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Origin of noncompliance

First recorded in 1680–90; non- + compliance
Related formsnon·com·pli·ant, non·com·ply·ing, adjective, noun
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Related Words for non-compliance

infringement, dereliction, rejection, exclusion, veto, reversal, defiance, ban, noncompliance, violation, infraction, contravention, disregard, offense, transgression, neglect, refusal, insurrection, riot, revolt

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Historical Examples of non-compliance

  • Pansy looked at her in wonder; but wonder with Pansy had never been a reason for non-compliance.

  • For non-compliance with notice for the construction of drains, privies, &c., 10s.

  • His non-compliance forfeited his life, for he was shot off it like a crow.

    Norfolk Annals

    Charles Mackie

  • East side, non-compliance; street bad and narrow, and to the east of the road.

    Toronto of Old

    Henry Scadding

  • If you seem not to question the possibility of non-compliance, he feels a trust committed to him to keep and fulfils it.

British Dictionary definitions for non-compliance


  1. the act or state of not complying
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Word Origin and History for non-compliance


also noncompliance, 1680s, from non- + compliance. Related: Noncompliant.

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