One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A thing which (or occasionally person who) is not a subject; specifically (a) a subject of study, conversation, etc., disparagingly regarded as not worthy of the name; (b) Grammar a part of a sentence or clause which is not the subject.
1That is not subject to a particular government, rule, etc., implied by the context.
2That is not a grammatical subject.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in John Grote (1813–1866), philosopher. From non- + subject<br>late 19th century; earliest use found in The Times. From non- + subject [adverb].
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