Definition of nonrecognition in US English:



  • Refusal to acknowledge the existence, validity, or legality of something.

    ‘trade barriers such as nonrecognition of professional qualifications’
    ‘nonrecognition of same-sex marriages’
    • ‘The recognition or non-recognition of a certain truth depends not on external causes, but on certain other causes within the man himself.’
    • ‘Nerve damage means non-recognition by the patient that a disease process or injury is occurring.’
    • ‘He was felicitated for his contribution to society, after several years of non-recognition.’
    • ‘We are pleased that he seems to be alone among reviewers in his nonrecognition of the book's argument.’
    • ‘The attempt of the government seems to be to bury its head in the sand and kill the problem through non-recognition.’
    • ‘This non-recognition of immediate threats extends to civilians, who won't necessarily run out of the way of firefights or cars, getting run over or shot in the process.’
    • ‘Blatant nonrecognition of shipping achievements in international business can only aggravate situations like this.’
    • ‘I can't decide, however, whether to be hurt or annoyed by the blanking and non-recognition.’
    • ‘Language barriers, lack of financial access to education, transportation and childcare issues are also concerns, but the greater problem is the non-recognition of qualifications.’
    • ‘We are afraid of our loved ones becoming amnesiac - of seeing blank non-recognition in the faces of those who have been crucial in defining our identities.’
    • ‘The previous non-recognition of Indigenous issues and rights had left Indigenous Australians in a marginalised and dependent relationship.’
    • ‘Several patients had an action plan that they did not use owing to non-recognition of asthma symptoms.’
    insignificance, inconspicuousness, unimportance, anonymity, lack of fame, lack of honour, lack of recognition, lack of renown, non-recognition, ingloriousness, limbo, twilight, oblivion
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