Definition of non-binary in English:

non-binary

adjective

  • 1Not relating to, composed of, or involving just two things.

    ‘Aristotelian ontology is non-binary on the second level in that it allows for degrees of being’
    • ‘Generalizing even further, one could define causal relationships between variables that are non-binary, such as caloric intake and blood pressure.’
    • ‘And since Brahman is common to all things, never dividing them, Brahman has to exist in non-dual or, we would say today, non-binary form.’
    • ‘I can understand that people in other fields have different opinions, but I guess what we need is non-binary review.’
    • ‘The problems involving conditionals with binary terms were compared with problems involving conditionals with non-binary terms such as “If the pupil wears a red shirt, then this pupil wears green trousers.”’
    • ‘One case would be to give a binary analysis of colour terms: it seems plausible to recognize that there are binary features and non-binary features, without trying to force everything into the same mould.’
    • ‘A lot of people have fundamental intellectual problems accepting uncertainty or non-binary reasoning.’
    • ‘He didn't get where he is in the culinary industry by needlessly introducing non-binary thinking.’
    • ‘He offered to investigate the way in which children interpreted conditional statements, and we designed an experiment in which a strictly binary situation was compared with a non-binary situation.’
    • ‘We have seen the proliferation of "schizoid" global/local dialectics and non-binary explanations to map the uneven, fragmentary, and nomadic flux of capitalist culture across borders.’
    1. 1.1 Denoting or relating to a gender or sexual identity that is not defined in terms of traditional binary oppositions such as male and female or homosexual and heterosexual.
      ‘the novelist identifies as non-binary’
      • ‘Being non-binary is how I feel most authentic and most comfortable.’
      • ‘The main character is named Polkadot, a non-binary, trans kid.’
      • ‘The rapper is one of the very few non-binary people who have gained recognition recently.’
      • ‘Around 1 in 250 people identify as neither men or women, and non-binary issues are often different to transgender issues.’
      • ‘Trans and non-binary groups have come together to ask election candidates to pledge to support non-binary rights.’
      • ‘We've spoken to hundreds of people over the last few months, including many people who identify as non-binary.’
      • ‘Olson works in marketing, runs an LGBTQ youth group, and identifies as non-binary.’
      • ‘These bills are bigoted and reinforce existing difficulties those in the transgender and gender non-binary community face on a daily basis.’
      • ‘They have featured on Classic FM and Radio 4, as well as being praised for their work promoting trans and non-binary representation.’
      • ‘Some things are for boys, some things are for girls, and non-binary genders don't exist apparently.’
  • 2Relating to, using, or denoting a system of numerical notation that does not have 2 as a base.

    ‘the enumeration data is stored in a non-binary format’
    • ‘On the other hand, the model did not incorporate the valuable non-binary TF binding data from ENCODE.’
    • ‘The company is the owner of one of the world's largest intellectual property portfolios in non-binary machine and computer logic.’
    • ‘Note that the proximity formula seamlessly extends to non-binary connectivity matrices.’
    • ‘Our newly patented technology exemplifies what is possible in applying non-binary machine logic.’
    • ‘The enumeration database consists of four primary variables, although the bulk of the actual enumeration data is stored in one non-binary, ANSI formatted string variable.’
    • ‘It will also most likely be necessary to prevent even non-binary programs from running in the user-context without explicitly granting them permission.’
    • ‘A probabilistic computer is especially good at solving problems unique to fuzzy, non-deterministic environments - such as real, non-binary, life.’
    • ‘Because the electric and magnetic parameters in these particular materials are so strongly linked, engineers might be able to use them to create non-binary memories.’
    • ‘The common theme is that some form of non-binary signalling would allow for a much more scalable and flexible approach.’
    • ‘It claims to have a condensed, non-binary symbol structure for data transmission and representation that will dramatically improve overall network efficiency.’