Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Law Failure of a defendant to appear in an action.
  • n. Law Failure of a witness or party to appear in response to a subpoena or notice.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A failure to appear, especially in a trial

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Default of appearance, as in court, to prosecute or defend; failure to appear.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Failure or neglect to make an appearance; default of appearance, as in court, to prosecute or defend.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. failure to appear (especially as at court)

Etymologies

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Examples

  • News of Gen. Meade's victory over Gen. Lee destroyed the last effort by the Confederacy to win recognition in Parliament, but the celebration at the U.S. Embassy was muted by the staff's puzzlement over the nonappearance of the weekly mail ship from New York.

    Turning Messy History Into a Tale

  • "You'd rather have the witnesses not appear and tax the government on their nonappearance."

    Blagojevich Judge Puts Defense on Short Leash

  • At first its nonappearance did not worry me much, for I attributed the delay to the bad weather, and supposed Colonel Crawford had wisely laid up during the worst storms.

    She Makes Her Mouth Small & Round & Other Stories

  • Regardless the people named may not be relevant to the issue of Obama's appearance or nonappearance before a particular group.

    Obama's Wooing Of Evangelicals Runs Into Fierce Resistance

  • Did he mean my nonappearance at the campaign kickoff or Ricks party?

    The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading

  • Attention will be paid to Tiger's appearance or nonappearance at that event, which just goes to show how watching Tiger what he does on and off the golf course is now an international past time.

    CNN Transcript Nov 28, 2009

  • Attention will be paid to Tiger's appearance or nonappearance at that event -- which just goes to show how watching Tiger and what he does on and off the golf course is now an international pastime.

    CNN Transcript Nov 28, 2009

  • Attention will be paid to Tiger's appearance or nonappearance at that event.

    CNN Transcript Nov 27, 2009

  • Hugh in mournful discourse with Edgar upon the nonappearance of Dr. Orkborne.

    Camilla

  • And she will have the ability to oppose whatever remedies we seek for this nonappearance today.

    CNN Transcript Dec 12, 2007

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