One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The state or condition of making no contact; an instance of this.
1That does not involve (especially physical) contact; of, relating to, or designating a state or condition in which no contact is made.
2Specifically. Designating sport, or an individual sport, in which no physical contact between opponents is allowed. Frequently in "non-contact sport(s)".
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Scientific American. From non- + contact.
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