from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Lack of heed or attention; disregard.
  • noun Nonobservance, as of a law or custom.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Lack of observance; neglect of observing; nonobservance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Lack or neglect of observance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun lack of observance


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  • No doubt the school she consciously inclines to is that of the parallels; but she has diminished the effect of this inclination by her inobservance of the regulations of realism and determinism, which she has sacrificed for the sake of creating what the other camp may fairly claim is the romantic effect of Miss Bart towering above the other figures.

    The Novels of Mrs. Wharton

  • _ Willingly would I: but children are whipped severely for inobservance of things less evident, for disobedience of commands less audible and less awful.

    Imaginary Conversations and Poems A Selection

  • Order are not kept; where the same monastery offers two roads: one of virtue and observance, the other of inobservance, and both equally frequented!

    The Life of St. Teresa of Jesus


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