nonobservance

[ non-uh b-zur-vuh ns ]
/ ˌnɒn əbˈzɜr vəns /

noun

absence or lack of observance.

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Origin of nonobservance

First recorded in 1735–45; non- + observance

OTHER WORDS FROM nonobservance

non·ob·serv·ant, adjectivenon·ob·serv·ant·ly, adverb
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Example sentences from the Web for non-observant

  • My companion was an old and non-observant man, who had come in after the rest of us.

    The Bronze Hand|Anna Katharine Green (Mrs. Charles Rohlfs)
  • This is intended only for those who have been as non-observant as myself, and not the wise, who are always posted.

  • The Russian proverb says of the non-observant man, “He goes through the forest and sees no firewood.”

    Self-Help|Samuel Smiles