Words related to non-

non-political (adj.)

also nonpolitical, by 1826, "not concerned with or influenced by political motivations, politically neutral," from non- + political.

non-profit (adj.)

also nonprofit, of organization or institutions, "dedicated to a particular social cause or interest and using surplus revenue to further that purpose," 1922, from non- + profit (n.). As a noun, "a non-profit organization," by 1953.

non-proliferation (n.)

also nonproliferation, "prevention of the spread of anything," especially and originally "prevention of the increase in the number of countries having nuclear weapons," 1965, from non- + proliferation.

non-renewable (adj.)

also nonrenewable, "not able to be renewed," by 1896 of licenses, library book loans, etc., from non- + renewable. Of natural resources or sources of energy, "existing in finite quantity; not capable of being replenished," by 1935. 

non-residence (n.)

also nonresidence, "fact of not residing within a particular jurisdiction," late 14c., originally with reference to clergy living away from their pastorate or charge, from non- + residence. Related: Non-residency.

non-resident (n.)

also nonresident, early 15c., "a clergyman who fails to reside in the locality of his benefice," from non- + resident. General sense of "one who does not reside within a particular jurisdiction" is by 1819.

non-resistance (n.)

also nonresistance, "absence of resistance; passive obedience; submission to authority, even if unjustly exercised," 1640s, from non- + resistance. Related: Non-resistant; non-resisting.

non-returnable (adj.)

also nonreturnable, 1896, originally in insurance, "that may not be returned," from non- + returnable. In reference to packaging, by 1926.

non-sectarian (adj.)

also nonsectarian, "not involving or relating to a specific religious sect," 1825, from non- + sectarian.

nonsense (n.)

"that which is lacking in sense, language or words without meaning or conveying absurd or ridiculous ideas," 1610s, from non- "not" + sense (n.); perhaps influenced by French nonsens. Since mid-20c., non-sense, with the hyphen, has been used to distinguish the meaning "that which is not sense, that which is different from sense," not implying absurdity.

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