Definition of no-fault in English:



  • 1Relating to or denoting an insurance policy or compensation plan that is valid regardless of whether the claimant was at fault.

    ‘no-fault automobile insurance’
    ‘it has been proposed that there should be no-fault compensation for medical injuries’
    • ‘In no-fault auto insurance, for instance, the victim of an accident cannot normally drag the driver who hit her into a deposition and before a jury.’
    • ‘You know, I like the idea of no-fault insurance, but I really wish it were removed just for people who drove drunk.’
    • ‘This scheme virtually eliminated the right of an injured individual to seek compensation from the responsible driver for losses that are not covered under the no-fault plan.’
    • ‘It was intended to be a form of mandatory, no-fault insurance.’
    1. 1.1Of or denoting a form of divorce granted without requiring one party to prove that the other is to blame for the breakdown of the marriage.
      ‘in the majority of cases couples opted for no-fault divorce’
      ‘New York did eventually adopt a no-fault ground for divorce’
      • ‘Of all the legal changes to marriage over the past 40 years, no-fault divorce has had the greatest impact on the institution.’
      • ‘Propose an amendment banning no-fault divorce and we can talk.’
      • ‘Sex scandals and no-fault divorce have eroded respect for marriage and commitment.’
      • ‘Marriage is an institution that requires a great deal of commitment and, with the no-fault divorce laws we have these days, far more commitment than ever before.’
      • ‘Why, in this age of cynicism, sexual free-for-all and the quickie no-fault divorce, do people still get married?’
      • ‘I think one of the major changes was when no-fault divorce came in.’
      • ‘Decades of scholarly work on no-fault divorce suggests that, in an era of disposable marriage, not much can be done for women who choose to devote themselves to their children.’
      • ‘And obviously the no-fault divorce laws were all the fault of gays.’
      • ‘With the exception of 1976, the year the Family Law Act was introduced to allow no-fault divorces, 2001 saw the highest number of divorces ever granted in Australia.’
      • ‘One in two marriages will fail with the wife being twice as likely to initiate the proceedings on grounds of ‘general discontent’ - the minimum requirement of no-fault divorce.’
      • ‘By the 1970s, most Americans had access to the no-fault divorce, where a marriage could be ended simply because the partners were unhappy.’
      • ‘In the majority of cases, couples opted for no-fault divorce, either after living separately for two years, with consent on both sides, or for five years without mutual agreement.’
      • ‘The current regime of no-fault divorce, for example, really amounts to unilateral divorce.’
      • ‘Since the invention of no-fault divorce laws, divorce rates have skyrocketed.’
      • ‘In Britain, the legislation resulted only in a regime of partial no-fault divorce.’
      • ‘Of course, many marriages end in an easily arranged divorce, but even in this new era of no-fault divorces, they still must be done before a magistrate and be accompanied by a careful allocation of property and children.’
      • ‘Alongside its dramatic demographic consequences, no-fault divorce prompted a sea change in conventional understandings of marriage.’
      • ‘Then there are the no-fault divorce laws which make it easy for one partner to walk away from a marriage but still be entitled to a half of the joint assets.’
      • ‘My husband and I, after a long time of careful thinking and talking, have decided to end our marriage with a no-fault dissolution.’
      • ‘As with the rise of unilateral no-fault divorce, the effects of same-sex marriage will be generational, gradual - and very hard to reverse.’