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nonfeasance

[non-fee-zuh ns] /nɒnˈfi zəns/
noun, Law.
1.
the omission of some act that ought to have been performed.
Compare malfeasance, misfeasance (def 2).
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; non- + obsolete feasance; see malfeasance
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  • Profligacy and mis, mal and nonfeasance beyond belief and reason.
  • The governor may at any time remove a member of the council for misfeasance, nonfeasance, or malfeasance in office.
  • The governor may remove a member of the commission at any time for misfeasance, nonfeasance, or malfeasance in office.
  • The governor may at any time remove any member of the council for misfeasance, nonfeasance, or malfeasance in office.
  • The appointing authority may at any time remove a trustee for misfeasance, nonfeasance, or malfeasance in office.
  • In that case an order of the governor removing a sheriff for nonfeasance of office was affirmed by the court.
British Dictionary definitions for nonfeasance

nonfeasance

/ˌnɒnˈfiːzəns/
noun
1.
(law) a failure to act when under an obligation to do so Compare malfeasance, misfeasance
Word Origin
C16: from non- + feasance (obsolete) performing or doing, from French faisance, from faire to do, from Latin facere
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Word Origin and History for nonfeasance
n.

also non-feasance, "failure to do what should be done," 1590s, from non- + feasance.

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