Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The fact of not using; abandonment or neglect of use; failure to use.

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Examples

  • The non-use argument on the part of the Fund seems to suggest that the general public isn't getting bang for its buck, and I would tend to agree that the current very limited uses of the park which restrict access to the park don't serve the general public well enough.

    John Mirisch: Ramirez Canyon Blues: Yet Another Fight to Preserve Public Access in Malibu

  • But she also supports her explanation of nuclear non-use by citing an important study of the period by the nuclear historian and analyst George Quester.

    How the End Begins

  • Tannewald covers three possible factors that might explain non-use.

    How the End Begins

  • But she argues for a second explanation for nuclear non-use, something from the realm of ideas and ideals that nonetheless acquired real-world power: the development of a “nuclear taboo” that evolved from an abstract ethical norm into something more than a norm, something more numinous and yet with more effectual force, something genuinely, historically consequential.

    How the End Begins

  • Still, I should say, Tannenwald has been scrupulous enough to include a third explanation for non-use: luck.

    How the End Begins

  • In other words, Tepperman is addressing both the fact of non-use and the brute death toll disparity between the nonnuclear and nuclear halves of the twentieth century.

    How the End Begins

  • To understand why we can only be confident of surviving time horizons significantly shorter than the 64 years of non-use already experienced, it helps to consider related space shuttle optimism arguments that led to the loss of Challenger and her crew.

    How the End Begins

  • … If we want to be 99% confident about our statements, the 64 years of non-use that we have experienced cannot be used to justify a time horizon of even 14 years.

    How the End Begins

  • As the court saw it, the maintenance of a nuclear threshold—preserving the bright line from blur—requires not only non-use, but non-threat of use.

    How the End Begins

  • You probably won'tsee anything like this in the Denver Post anytime soon, though I'm glad to see Post Editor Greg Moore defending the newspaper's coverage more often on high-profile stories, including his newspaper's handling of Mayor Michael Hancock's alleged use of prostitutes and Scott McInnis' non-use of a plagiarism checker.

    Jason Salzman: Denver News Outlets Lie There as Gardner, Gessler, And Whitman Abuse them

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