One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A thing which is not, or does not represent, a material or real object.
2Grammar. Something which is not a grammatical object. rare.
1Not representing or associated with a material object or objects.
2Grammar. Not involving a grammatical object; not functioning as a grammatical object. rare.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in Charlie Broad (1887–1971), philosopher. From non- + object.
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