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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

also non-feasance, "failure to do what should be done," 1590s, from non- + feasance.


n. 1 (context legal English) The intentional failure to perform an official duty or legal requirement. 2 (context legal English) The lack of liability associated with the failure to act.


n. 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

Usage examples of "nonfeasance".

At that point, all accusations of malfeasance, misfeasance, and nonfeasance were stilled.

Dean was not guilty of nonfeasance by default, of the passive selfishness which expresses itself in sterility, in nest-feathering.

Malfeasance, nonfeasance, misdemeanors or felonies--it made no difference.