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[non-fee-zuh ns]
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noun Law.
  1. the omission of some act that ought to have been performed.Compare malfeasance, misfeasance(def 2).
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Origin of nonfeasance

1590–1600; non- + obsolete feasance; see malfeasance
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Related Words for nonfeasance

omission, bomb, downfall, deficiency, dereliction, wreck, bankruptcy, turkey, decline, lemon, botch, stoppage, rout, misadventure, inadequacy, bust, flop, deficit, checkmate, overthrow

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Historical Examples of nonfeasance

  • More important was the nonfeasance of the Inquisition with respect to simony.

    A History of The Inquisition of The Middle Ages; volume III

    Henry Charles Lea

  • It was settled that assumpsit would lie for a mere omission or nonfeasance.

    The Common Law

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

British Dictionary definitions for nonfeasance


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