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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.
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not observant, esp not adhering to (religious) laws or practices
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Adj.1.nonobservant - failing or refusing to observe religious customs
irreligious - hostile or indifferent to religion
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