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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.
References in classic literature ?
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.
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.
Frustrated at the usual nonobservance of my doctor's schedule, I resorted to self-medication.
In completing the review, the Executive Board granted the authorities' request for waivers for nonobservance of the end-December 2016 performance criteria on the domestic primary balance and changes in net bank financing of the central government, based on the corrective measures introduced by the authorities.
A law is substantively neutral if it neither encourages [n]or discourages religious belief or disbelief, practice or nonpractice, observance or nonobservance.
In completing the review, the Executive Board granted a waiver of nonobservance of the continuous performance criterion on accumulation of external arrears which was missed due to continued difficulties of establishing a payment platform and waivers of applicability of the performance criteria for end-June 2017 on floor of the central government primary balance and the program net official international reserves of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, given the unavailability of the information necessary to assess observance.
In completing the review, the Executive Board approved the authorities' request for waiver of the nonobservance of the continuous criterion on accumulation of new external payment arrears and the modification of the end-June 2017 performance criterion on the primary domestic balance.
Gurock, "Rethinking the History of Nonobservance as an American Orthodox Jewish Lifestyle," in New Essays in American Jewish History, eds.
Again this might be due to their unawareness while walking on the road and nonobservance of traffic rules.
13 (denying standing for a claim of "the abstract injury in nonobservance of the Constitution"); Allen, 468 U.
In completing the review, the Board approved waivers for the nonobservance of the performance criteria on Government revenues and central bank net foreign exchange position.
In a statement issued today, the ministry affirmed that "these statements contradict the principles of the United Nations and all international laws on the need to protect state sovereignty and independence, and reflect the sectarian tendency of the Iranian officials and their meddling in others' affairs and nonobservance of the principles of international relations.