nonfeasance nonfeasance


  • (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


  1. Thousands of hardworking people lost their jobs and homes as a result of the incredible nonfeasance, misfeasance and probably malfeasance of Christopher Cox and friends.
  2. Officially his crime was nonfeasance: the failure to drag Russia from its spiraling depression.
  3. The Governor had to decide whether or not to remove the Tammany Mayor from office for malfeasance and nonfeasance.


  • Milwaukee County bus union leaders bounced for 'financial malfeasance'

    In a letter to union members, Rick Bassler, the new acting president of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 998, says Alan Simonis was ousted Wednesday as the union president and Patrick Clemens as treasurer secretary for "financial malfeasance and nonfeasance while in office."
    on July 1, 2013     Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


  1. In The Wall Street Journal, Bret Stephens predicts a future US president "may have to apologize to Iranians for Obama's nonfeasance, just as Obama apologized for the Eisenhower administration's meddling [in Iran]. But the better Eisenhower parallel...
    on Jun 18, 2009 By: Bret Stephens Source: Dallas Morning News

  2. "There have recently been allegations of misfeasance and nonfeasance by personnel of the Waterfront Commission, including allegations of misconduct, conflicts of interest, abuse and waste," New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer said in an executive order...
    on Dec 6, 2007 By: Eliot Spitzer Source: The Star-Ledger -

  3. Atienza said the suspension should serve as a warning to other DENR officials and personnel involved in questionable land-titling transactions "either through nonfeasance or misfeasance or both."
    on Oct 29, 2008 By: Lito Atienza Source: Business Mirror

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