nonuse

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Etymology[edit]

From non- +‎ use.

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Noun[edit]

nonuse (uncountable)

  1. The failure to make use of something. [from 16th c.]
    • 2011, Steven Pinker, The Better Angels of Our Nature, Penguin 2012, p. 771:
      Sacred values, and the taboos that protect them, can be attached to resources that we decide are genuinely precious, such as identifiable lives, national borders, and the nonuse of chemical and nuclear weapons.