Words related to non-

non-consensual (adj.)

also nonconsensual, "done without consent," by 1945 in legalese, from non- + consensual (q.v.). Used since 1960s by sociologists and in political science; used by 1977 in legal discussions and definitions of rape and other sex crimes and popularized in this sense from c. 1995. An earlier adjective was non-consenting (1670s), which was used of persons, not acts.

non-cooperation (n.)

also noncooperation, "failure or refusal to cooperate," 1795, from non- + cooperation.

non-denominational (adj.)

also nondenominational, "of no denomination," 1893, from non- + denominational.

nondescript (adj.)

also non-descript, 1680s, in scientific usage, "not hitherto described" (a sense now obsolete), coined from non- "not" + Latin descriptus, past participle of describere "to write down, copy; sketch, represent" (see describe). General sense of "not easily described or classified," hence "of no particular kind," is from 1806.

non-disjunction (n.)

also nondisjunction, 1913, in cytology, from non- + disjunction. Related: Non-disjunctional.

none (pron.)

Middle English non, none, from Old English nan "not one, not any, no person; not the least part," from ne "not" (see no) + an "one" (see one). Cognate with Old Saxon, Middle Low German nen, Old Norse neinn, Middle Dutch, Dutch neen, Old High German, German nein "no," and analogous to Latin non- (see non-). It is thus the negative of one, an, and a (1).

As an adverb, "1650s, "by no means;" 1799 as "in no respect or degree, to no extent." As an adjective from late Old English; since c. 1600 reduced to no except in a few archaic phrases, especially before vowels, such as none other, none the worse.

non-entity (n.)

also nonentity, c. 1600, "something which does not exist, a figment," from non- + entity. Meaning "a person or thing of no consequence or importance" is attested from 1710.

non-essential (adj.)

also nonessential, "not absolutely necessary," 1717, from non- + essential (adj.). Attested as a noun, "a thing that is not essential," from 1806.


"not in accordance with the principles of Euclid," 1874, from non- + Euclidean.

non-event (n.)

1957, "event that never happened;" 1958, "event that happened but fell so far short of expectations it might as well not have happened; unimportant or disappointing event;" from non- + event.

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