Definition of nonspeaking in English:



  • 1(of a role or part) not requiring the actor to speak.

    • ‘It is, to be sure, hard to convey the Cultural Revolution with only three speaking parts and one nonspeaking one.’
    • ‘He can perform The Flight of the Bumblebee on the tambourine, peppers Stephen Hawking with letters, and has the (nonspeaking) part of Yorick in the school production of Hamlet.’
    • ‘Redford includes a nonspeaking part for a real-life Atlanta Journal sports writer (with whom I once worked) who is fondly remembered.’
    • ‘Pylades is (rather awkwardly) written as a nonspeaking part, and the two silent members of the three-woman Chorus are no little girls, and quite marginal besides.’
    • ‘After last year's string of commercials, game show appearances and straight-to-video low-budget flicks, he breaks into the big time this summer with a nonspeaking role in a major blockbuster.’
    • ‘Her version of the production, partly hindered by the absence of the requisite two-tiered set and by her cutting down the nonspeaking roles from six to four, lacks some much-needed bite.’
    • ‘The role is a nonspeaking part, although the figure of Ferrigno looms large in the film as Arnold's primary competition at the '74 Olympia.’
    1. 1.1 Unable or unwilling to speak.
      ‘the equipment will make an amazing difference to nonspeaking children at the school’
      • ‘These findings suggest that anger, fear, and worry are most significant for nonspeaking critically ill patients who are at greatest risk of dying in the ICU.’
      • ‘Therefore, our data most likely underrepresent the communication abilities and communication interactions of nonspeaking seriously ill adults.’
      • ‘The use of electronic augmentative and alternative communication techniques may enable more frequent patient-initiated communication among nonspeaking ICU patients.’
      • ‘In studying communication-related responses among nonspeaking patients treated with mechanical ventilation, Menzel found that patients had greatest difficulty in communicating with their family members.’
      • ‘Our objective is to describe the communication ability, methods, and content among nonspeaking nonsurviving patients treated with mechanical ventilation in an intensive care unit.’
      • ‘The influence of family presence on communication interactions with nonspeaking critically ill patients is an understudied and complex sociopsychological phenomenon.’
      • ‘We present the results of a pilot study to describe the communication abilities, methods, and content among nonspeaking nonsurviving patients who received mechanical ventilation in an ICU.’
      • ‘The difference between the East and the West is a difference between the nonspeaking but laboring hands of the East and the expressive and affective culture of the West.’
      • ‘Or is it that any bond with a nonspeaking creature is proof of congenital feeble mindedness?’
      • ‘The purpose of this study was to describe the ability to communicate, communication methods, and content of communications in nonspeaking nonsurviving patients treated with mechanical ventilation in an ICU.’