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Failure to perform an act that is an official, contractual, or professional duty.


(Law) law a failure to act when under an obligation to do so. Compare malfeasance, misfeasance
[C16: from non- + feasance (obsolete) performing or doing, from French faisance, from faire to do, from Latin facere]


(nɒnˈfi zəns)

failure to perform an act that is part of one's responsibility.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nonfeasance - a failure to act when under an obligation to do so; a refusal (without sufficient excuse) to do that which it is your legal duty to do
dereliction - willful negligence


Law. Nonperformance of what ought to be done:
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Aguirre stated the panel members should be investigated 'possible misfeasance, malfeasance or nonfeasance or other violations of law' in dismissing the case.
Under the Revised Penal Code, malfeasance is doing an act prohibited by law or doing an act ought not to be done while misfeasance is the improper or irregular performance of an act, and nonfeasance is the non-performance, failure or refusal to do an act which a public servant or person is required to do.
The Revised Penal Code defines malfeasance as a public servant carrying out an act prohibited by law, misfeasance as an improper or irregular performance of an act and nonfeasance as the failure to do an act that one is required to do.
This continuous nonfeasance only serves to embolden others to invite Mr a1-Bashir to their territory, safe in the knowledge that there will be no consequences from this Council for such breaches," she added.
In case the commission of malfeasance, misfeasance and nonfeasance is established, the committee on good government and public accountability will recommend the filing of appropriate charges against the erring official or employee, Pimentel said.
2009)) (positing that an officer could be held liable for nonfeasance in excessive force cases "where the officer is aware of the abuse and the duration of the episode is sufficient to permit an inference of tacit collaboration").
The author covers the concept of private wrongs, the body and personal property, misfeasance and nonfeasance, negligence, strict liability, motive and intention in tort law, and a wide variety of other related topics over the course of the bookAEs ten chapters.
2006), it may not have been clear under Delaware law that extreme nonfeasance constitutes a breach of loyalty rather than care or a separate duty of good faith.
In a citizenry that largely remains uninformed about science - along with failing to recognize how emotion can derail careful judgment - we're now coming dangerously close to having public policy given over to those who promote the worst nonfeasance.
distinction--the difference between feasance and nonfeasance.
malfeasance, misfeasance, and nonfeasance in office, see Rollin M.