[non-fee-zuh ns]

noun Law.

the omission of some act that ought to have been performed.Compare malfeasance, misfeasance(def 2).

Nearby words

  1. nonexportation,
  2. nonfamilial hyperlipoproteinemia,
  3. nonfat,
  4. nonfatal,
  5. nonfattening,
  6. nonfenestrated forceps,
  7. nonferrous,
  8. nonfiction,
  9. nonfiction novel,
  10. nonfinite

Origin of nonfeasance

1590–1600; non- + obsolete feasance; see malfeasance Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for nonfeasance



law a failure to act when under an obligation to do soCompare malfeasance, misfeasance

Word Origin for nonfeasance

C16: from non- + feasance (obsolete) performing or doing, from French faisance, from faire to do, from Latin facere

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Word Origin and History for nonfeasance



also non-feasance, "failure to do what should be done," 1590s, from non- + feasance.

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