Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


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:
References in periodicals archive ?
As with earlier charges successfully fended off by Baran, the penalty for nonfeasance is forced resignation from office.
The court concluded the existence of nonfeasance, yet held that McDonald's was not liable for the injuries.
LOS ANGELES -- The Board of Directors of CelebDirect (Pink Sheets:CELI) has terminated the services of Bill Thompson for a number of reasons including nonfeasance.
In criminal cases, and "[e]ven in routine civil matters, a lackadaisical lawyer can do a great deal of harm," and the errors or nonfeasance may be difficult or impossible to repair after the fact.
Yet none of this ever really sunk in with the public--primarily because of major nonfeasance by the mainstream press.
May 15, 1992) ("[A]n officer who is present at the scene and who fails to take reasonable steps to protect the victim of another officer's use of excessive f be held liable for his nonfeasance.
to promote decency on interactive computer services -- and denies individuals whose reputations have been damaged any recovery against even the largest corporations whose malfeasance or nonfeasance contributed to the damage.
To argue otherwise, to offer "contextual factors" and the absence of a mandate as excuses for nonfeasance in office, is to give up on evaluating Bush's performance and grant him a free ride for the rest of his presidency.
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.
involves the misfeasance or nonfeasance of foreign governments and international organizations during times of atrocity, thereby imperiling the moral legitimacy of pronouncements of wrongdoing by foreign and international judges elected by and representing these putatively neutral governments and organizations.