from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An omission or neglect to do something, esp. that which ought to have been done. Cf. malfeasance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The omission of some act which ought to have been performed by the party: distinguished from misfeasance.

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

  • 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


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  • But, as I've noted, S&P has no business meddling in American politics -- especially since its own non-feasance was partly responsible for the current size of the federal debt had it done its job the debt and housing bubbles wouldn't have precipitated the terrible recession, and the federal outlays it required.

    Robert Reich: Don't Fall for the GOP Lie: There Is No Budget Crisis -- There's a Job and Growth Crisis

  • Civilian contractors in Iraq have been under investigation for years for overbilling, underperforming, and all manner of mis-, mal- and non-feasance.

    Hanging with the Justices at the SOTU Mixer

  • Besides the bursting of the housing bubble, Wall Street's malfeasance and non-feasance, and Washington's massive failure to oversee Wall Street, fingers are also being pointed at average Americans.

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  • In addition to sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll, Hookergate is rife with public-interest questions, misfeasance, malfeasance and non-feasance, and many splendid moral points for the children.

    Firedoglake » Protein Wisdom or Dutch Courage?

  • Oct. 3, 1859, the Supreme Court issued a decree, declaring that the proprietors had "forfeited all their franchises and privileges, by reason of non-feasance, non-user, misfeasance and neglect."

    The Bay State Monthly — Volume 2, No. 2, November, 1884

  • City and members of the police and fire departments for proper cause and to remove such officers for misconduct, or malfeasance, misfeasance, or non-feasance in office.

    The code of the city of Charlottesville, Virginia

  • He may indeed be impeached for gross neglect; but between criminal non-feasance and zealous activity there are infinite degrees.

    The English Constitution

  • The slow drip of acid on the Catholic church, and especially on the pope, from the daily revelations of non-feasance, malfeasance, and active coverup is going to go on corroding the machinery, and burning the gilt off the façade, for a long time.

    The Reality-Based Community

  • Wendling's findings-of-fact report charges Daudistel with neglect of duty, incompetency, inefficiency, failure of good behavior, misfeasance and non-feasance.

    Cincinnati.Com - All Local News

  • The current misconduct through non-feasance of Republican Senators on the so called "health bill" assures it.

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