Definitions

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

  • noun Failure to perform an act that is an official, contractual, or professional duty.

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  • noun law The intentional failure to perform an official duty or legal requirement.
  • noun law The lack of liability associated with the failure to act.

Etymologies

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

[non– + (mis)feasance.]

Examples

  • When no one laughed along, Sherman focused in on the Bush Admin's "nonfeasance" to see if that was an impeachable offense.

    Notes from the Non-Impeachment Hearings

  • And the article in The Nation provides valuable new evidence to go along with all of the other evidence of malfeasance, misfeasance, and nonfeasance that we've seen up until now.

    They don't like it, either (Jack Bog's Blog)

  • Not being a Senator, I need not have an opinion on whether this probably innocent act of nonfeasance ought to disqualify Mr. Geithner from high office.

    Stromata Blog:

  • Not being a Senator, I need not have an opinion on whether this probably innocent act of nonfeasance ought to disqualify Mr. Geithner from high office.

    The Geithner Kerfuffle

  • That came five months later, after he had either resigned because of lack of support from the Justice Department or had been fired for what was characterized as “nonfeasance” the evidence supported the former interpretation.

    LAST CALL

  • This law puts them in a no-win situation: They will be forced to offend and anger someone who is perhaps a citizen or here legally when they ask to see his papers or be accused of nonfeasance because they do not.

    Arizona's Immigration Mistake

  • If we take back even one house this November we will be able to conduct hearings where the architects of this monstrosity will be required to defend their malfeasance, or nonfeasance, before the dreaded cameras of C-Span.

    Yes Nancy, apparently we did have to pass the bill to learn what’s in it

  • That came five months later, after he had either resigned because of lack of support from the Justice Department or had been fired for what was characterized as “nonfeasance” the evidence supported the former interpretation.

    LAST CALL

  • She seems well equipped to root out malfeasance, misfeasance and nonfeasance of these clowns that had to pass the Montica Goodling (?) loyalty test after she graduated, with high honers, from some place called Regent U.

    Why Holder and Obama have not fired the Bush Appointed, Rove-Vetted DOJ Attorneys

  • Such removal may be effected "for neglect of duty, malfeasance, misfeasance, or nonfeasance in office, for any willful violation of Title XXXV of the Revised Code, or for any any other good and sufficient cause."

    OpEdNews - Diary: Followup to: I'm a teacher. Would there be consequences from my community if I treat anyone publicly or privately

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