One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1That is not local; not relating to, originating from, or restricted to a particular place or locality.
2Mathematics and Physics. Designating an operation or property of a topological space that is not applicable only to a specified neighbourhood in the space; (specifically in quantum theory) relating to the phenomenon whereby properties of isolated systems which are not causally related classically or relativistically may depend on each other.
A person who does not inhabit, or is not associated with, a particular place or locality.
Mid 19th century. From non- + local.
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