[non-uh-peer-uh ns]


failure to appear, as in a court.

Origin of nonappearance

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at non-, appearance Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for nonappearance

Historical Examples of nonappearance

  • The lightkeeper's nonappearance began to worry him a trifle.

    The Woman-Haters

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • The nonappearance of these supernatural beings in the present day, may be fairly ascribed to the decay of the learned languages.

  • It hurt him to think that his captain would set his nonappearance down to carelessness, and so it had been in a way.

  • Both are classified as a whorl and referenced to a loop to take care of the rare contingency of nonappearance.

    The Science of Fingerprints

    Federal Bureau of Investigation

  • There had been a good deal of talk and excitement over the nonappearance in Meander of the man who drew the first chance.

    Claim Number One

    George W. (George Washington) Ogden

British Dictionary definitions for nonappearance



failure to appear or attend, esp as a defendant or witness in court
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