One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1That does not have status, especially social or professional status.
2Finance. Of a mortgage loan: granted without the mortgagor providing the usual guarantees of financial status, and usually entailing a larger deposit or higher interest rate than normal.
3Canadian. Designating or relating to a person of Canadian Indian descent who is not registered as a Canadian Indian under the Indian Act.
A lack of status, prestige, or importance; irrelevance.
1940s; earliest use found in American Political Science Review. From non- + status [adjective].
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