Definitions

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  • n. Lack or neglect of observance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Want or neglect of observance; inobservance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or character of being unobservant; want of observation; inattention. Lack of compliance with the requirements of some law, rule, or ceremony: as, the unobservance of the prescribed forms of old law.

Etymologies

un- +‎ observance (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It was this unobservance of actual features, I imagine, which made me think all gray-haired people alike, and find a difficulty in recognizing those who called, except generically as callers -- people who kissed me, and whom therefore I liked to see.

    An Englishwoman's Love-Letters

  • To Soderini the duke expounded his just grievance, founded upon the Florentines 'unobservance of the treaty of Forno dei Campi; he demanded that a fresh treaty should be drawn up to replace the broken one, and that, for the purpose, Florence should change her government, as in the ruling one, after what had passed, he could repose no faith.

    The Life of Cesare Borgia

  • Florentines 'unobservance of the treaty of Forno dei Campi; he demanded that a fresh treaty should be drawn up to replace the broken one, and that, for the purpose, Florence should change her government, as in the ruling one, after what had passed, he could repose no faith.

    The Life of Cesare Borgia

  • Incurious unobservance is the true attitude of cordiality, and Somerset blamed himself for having fallen into an act of inspection even briefly.

    A Laodicean : a Story of To-day

  • In almost every instance where the Americans suffered defeat, the misfortune was due to a want of proper caution -- an unobservance of some of the simplest rules of military prudence.

    The Life of Francis Marion

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