Definition of no-fault in US English:

no-fault

adjective

  • 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’
    • ‘You know, I like the idea of no-fault insurance, but I really wish it were removed just for people who drove drunk.’
    • ‘It was intended to be a form of mandatory, no-fault insurance.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 Relating to or denoting a form of divorce granted without requiring one party to prove 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 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.’
      • ‘And obviously the no-fault divorce laws were all the fault of gays.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Sex scandals and no-fault divorce have eroded respect for marriage and commitment.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I think one of the major changes was when no-fault divorce came in.’
      • ‘Propose an amendment banning no-fault divorce and we can talk.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In Britain, the legislation resulted only in a regime of partial no-fault divorce.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Why, in this age of cynicism, sexual free-for-all and the quickie no-fault divorce, do people still get married?’
      • ‘Of all the legal changes to marriage over the past 40 years, no-fault divorce has had the greatest impact on the institution.’
      • ‘My husband and I, after a long time of careful thinking and talking, have decided to end our marriage with a no-fault dissolution.’
      • ‘By the 1970s, most Americans had access to the no-fault divorce, where a marriage could be ended simply because the partners were unhappy.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Since the invention of no-fault divorce laws, divorce rates have skyrocketed.’
      • ‘Alongside its dramatic demographic consequences, no-fault divorce prompted a sea change in conventional understandings of marriage.’
      • ‘As with the rise of unilateral no-fault divorce, the effects of same-sex marriage will be generational, gradual - and very hard to reverse.’
      • ‘The current regime of no-fault divorce, for example, really amounts to unilateral divorce.’

Pronunciation

no-fault

/ˈnoʊ ˈˌfɔlt/