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Failure of a party or witness to appear in court when required by law or process to be present.
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failure to appear or attend, esp as a defendant or witness in court
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(ˌnɒn əˈpɪər əns)

failure to appear.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nonappearance - failure to appear (especially as at court)
nonattendance - the failure to attend
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Law. Failure to be present:
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