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1Expressing negation or absence.‘nonaggression’‘nonrecognition’
- 1.1 Not of the kind or class described.‘nonbeliever’‘nonconformist’
- 1.2 Not of the importance implied.‘nonissue’
- 1.1 Not of the kind or class described.
2(added to adverbs) not in the way described.‘nonuniformly’
3(added to verbs to form adjectives) not causing or requiring.‘nonskid’‘noniron’
4Expressing a neutral negative sense when a corresponding form beginning with in- or un- has a special connotation (such as nonhuman compared with inhuman)
The prefixes non- and un- both have the meaning ‘not,’ but tend to be used with a difference of emphasis. See un-
From Latin non ‘not’.
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