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

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(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]
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(nɒnˈfi zəns)

failure to perform an act that is part of one's responsibility.
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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
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Law. Nonperformance of what ought to be done:
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Moreover, he said his office considers the inaction on a complaint or request it received as a 'nonfeasance' and a corrupt practice' as he cited Section 3 of Republic Act 3019.
"The OCPLC thus considers not only as nonfeasance, but also a corrupt practice, the failure to act on a single matter or the inaction on a complaint or request it received.
* If one opts to put PCI, PH, or PHI data onto the cloud, ensure that the cloud provider is fully indemnifying the company for all costs, including regulatory fines in the event of a data breach due to nonfeasance or malfeasance by the cloud provider.
Drilon was able to convince his colleagues that the lead committee should be the Gordon committee because the issue is on malfeasance, misfeasance and nonfeasance.
In the petition, Mr Khattak submitted that the petitioner body was aggrieved by the nonfeasance and inaction of the respondents with regard to the advertisement bills.
On the other hand, when they fail to perform their judicial duties they commit an offence of nonfeasance or abuse of office punishable under section 12.70 (a and b) of the Penal Law.18 And gross neglect of judicial duties can lead to impeachment and removal of a judge, and not the reverse.
"President Aquino is guilty of malfeasance, misfeasance, and nonfeasance. From the time he inappropriately met with Sanofi in Beijing on November 9 2014, and once again a year later in December 1, 2015," the report said.
Moreover, an officer who is present at the scene of an arrest and fails to take reasonable steps to protect the victim of another officer's use of excessive force can be held liable under 1983 for his nonfeasance, provided that he had a 'realistic opportunity' to prevent the other officer's actions.
Bhutto's bureaucracy was unable to cope with the sudden transition, resulting in what Roger D Long describes as a situation in which: 'Inefficiency, malfeasance, misfeasance and nonfeasance were the order of the day.' It would take decades for the economy to recover.
According to UPMC, the employees are not claiming any affirmative misfeasance on UPMC's part but instead nonfeasance in that UPMC failed to prevent the harm incurred or speculative future harm.