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Failure or refusal to observe, as a religious custom or holiday.

non′ob·ser′vant adj.
non′ob·ser′vant·ly adv.


failure to adhere to a custom or law


(ˌnɒn əbˈzɜr vəns)

absence or lack of observance, as of religious practices and rituals or a law.
non`ob•serv′ant, adj.
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Noun1.nonobservance - a lack of conformity with law or custom or practice etc.
nonconformance, nonconformity - failure to conform to accepted standards of behavior
honoring, observance - conformity with law or custom or practice etc.
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The stamp of publicity had of course been fully given by her confinement and departure, and the change itself was now ushered in by our nonobservance of the regular custom of the schoolroom.
The historians tell us with naive assurance that its causes were the wrongs inflicted on the Duke of Oldenburg, the nonobservance of the Continental System, the ambition of Napoleon, the firmness of Alexander, the mistakes of the diplomatists, and so on.
In completing the review, the Executive Board granted the authorities' request for waivers for the nonobservance of the performance criteria on net domestic financing and net reduction in domestic arrears at end-December 2014 as well as the criterion for end-June 2015 on net domestic financing.
In completing the fifth review, the Executive Board approved the authorities' requests to re-phase the undrawn Fund purchases in three disbursements over the remaining program period; for a waiver of nonobservance for the end-September 2014 performance criterion on the combined public deficit; for a waiver of applicability for the end-September 2014 performance criterion on the primary fiscal deficit; and for the modification of the end-December 2014 performance criterion on the combined public deficit.
See Gurock's corrective in "Rethinking the History of Nonobservance as an American Orthodox Jewish Lifestyle," in New Essays in American Jewish History: Commemorating the Sixtieth Anniversary of the Founding of the American Jewish Archives, eds.
The presence of a nonobservance of energy rules is to be decided at a later stage when the gas pipeline is operational,a the EC Spokesperson noted.
In completing the review, the Board also granted a waiver for the nonobservance of the floor on government revenue, and modified the targets for end-June net foreign reserves and public sector gross external borrowing.
I would have gladly said that I would like to travel by road, seeing that the Easter holiday is just around the corner, but according to a recent report from the World Health Organization, Namibia was ranked number one in the world in terms of most road deaths per annum and per capita, with the causes linked to speeding and reckless driving, general nonobservance of traffic rules and animals on roads.
1311, 1316 (1992) ("[I]t is manifest that nonobservance of APA rulemaking requirements is widespread.
Though the core elements of belief might remain the same, there exists diversity, represented by different ways of life: nomad and sedentary, rural and urban, as well as ethnic, cultural and geographical factors, elements of nonobservance, and varying interpretations and creeds.
According to this principle, in cases in which there is a contract, a civil action can only be brought under contract law, which means that contractual liability imposes sanctions for the nonobservance of contractual obligations, and tort law cannot be used instead or alongside.
162) Substantive neutrality, on the other hand, requires that the government "minimize the extent to which it either encourages or discourages religions belief or disbelief, practice or nonpractice, observance or nonobservance.