[non-fee-zuh ns]
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Origin of nonfeasance

1590–1600; non- + obsolete feasance; see malfeasance Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. 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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