Definition of nonbinary in US English:

nonbinary

adjective

  • 1Not relating to, composed of, or involving just two things.

    ‘Aristotelian ontology is nonbinary on the second level in that it allows for degrees of being’
    • ‘He didn't get where he is in the culinary industry by needlessly introducing non-binary thinking.’
    • ‘Generalizing even further, one could define causal relationships between variables that are non-binary, such as caloric intake and blood pressure.’
    • ‘The problems involving conditionals with binary terms were compared with problems involving conditionals with non-binary terms such as “If the pupil wears a red shirt, then this pupil wears green trousers.”’
    • ‘I can understand that people in other fields have different opinions, but I guess what we need is non-binary review.’
    • ‘A lot of people have fundamental intellectual problems accepting uncertainty or non-binary reasoning.’
    • ‘One case would be to give a binary analysis of colour terms: it seems plausible to recognize that there are binary features and non-binary features, without trying to force everything into the same mould.’
    • ‘And since Brahman is common to all things, never dividing them, Brahman has to exist in non-dual or, we would say today, non-binary form.’
    • ‘He offered to investigate the way in which children interpreted conditional statements, and we designed an experiment in which a strictly binary situation was compared with a non-binary situation.’
    • ‘We have seen the proliferation of "schizoid" global/local dialectics and non-binary explanations to map the uneven, fragmentary, and nomadic flux of capitalist culture across borders.’
    1. 1.1 Denoting or relating to a gender or sexual identity that is not defined in terms of traditional binary oppositions such as male and female or homosexual and heterosexual.
      ‘nonbinary people are vastly underrepresented in the media’
      • ‘These bills are bigoted and reinforce existing difficulties those in the transgender and gender non-binary community face on a daily basis.’
      • ‘The main character is named Polkadot, a non-binary, trans kid.’
      • ‘Trans and non-binary groups have come together to ask election candidates to pledge to support non-binary rights.’
      • ‘Some things are for boys, some things are for girls, and non-binary genders don't exist apparently.’
      • ‘Being non-binary is how I feel most authentic and most comfortable.’
      • ‘Around 1 in 250 people identify as neither men or women, and non-binary issues are often different to transgender issues.’
      • ‘The rapper is one of the very few non-binary people who have gained recognition recently.’
      • ‘Olson works in marketing, runs an LGBTQ youth group, and identifies as non-binary.’
      • ‘They have featured on Classic FM and Radio 4, as well as being praised for their work promoting trans and non-binary representation.’
      • ‘We've spoken to hundreds of people over the last few months, including many people who identify as non-binary.’
  • 2Relating to, using, or denoting a system of numerical notation that does not have 2 as a base.

    ‘the enumeration data is stored in a nonbinary format’
    • ‘Note that the proximity formula seamlessly extends to non-binary connectivity matrices.’
    • ‘On the other hand, the model did not incorporate the valuable non-binary TF binding data from ENCODE.’
    • ‘Our newly patented technology exemplifies what is possible in applying non-binary machine logic.’
    • ‘The company is the owner of one of the world's largest intellectual property portfolios in non-binary machine and computer logic.’
    • ‘It will also most likely be necessary to prevent even non-binary programs from running in the user-context without explicitly granting them permission.’
    • ‘The common theme is that some form of non-binary signalling would allow for a much more scalable and flexible approach.’
    • ‘It claims to have a condensed, non-binary symbol structure for data transmission and representation that will dramatically improve overall network efficiency.’
    • ‘A probabilistic computer is especially good at solving problems unique to fuzzy, non-deterministic environments - such as real, non-binary, life.’
    • ‘The enumeration database consists of four primary variables, although the bulk of the actual enumeration data is stored in one non-binary, ANSI formatted string variable.’
    • ‘Because the electric and magnetic parameters in these particular materials are so strongly linked, engineers might be able to use them to create non-binary memories.’

Pronunciation

nonbinary

/ˌnänˈbīnərē//ˌnɑnˈbaɪnəri/