See also: nonnative

English edit

Alternative forms edit

Etymology edit

non- +‎ native

Pronunciation edit

Adjective edit

non-native (not comparable)

  1. Not native; not indigenous to a particular area; foreign; invasive.
    • 2016, Greg Rubin, Lucy Warren, The Drought-Defying California Garden, Portland: Timber Press, published 2021, →ISBN, page 135:
      Use purple three-awn grass to replace the overused, invasive non-native weedy Mexican feather grass (Nassella tenuissima).
    • 2023 November 24, Rory Carroll, “‘Government is not listening’: anger over immigration spills into riot on Dublin’s streets”, in The Guardian[1], →ISSN:
      The economy is at full employment and the state is flush with tax revenue but their social media feeds depict a country overrun with “non-native” predators such as Jozef Puska, a Slovak man convicted earlier this month of murdering a teacher, Ashling Murphy, in 2022.

Usage notes edit

  • The hyphenated and solid forms are similarly common in the American corpus, while the hyphenated form outperforms the solid one by factor 4.3 in the British corpus.[1] GPO manual item 6.29. recommends to spell non- prefixed words without a hyphen unless an overriding consideration applies.[2]

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Noun edit

non-native (plural non-natives)

  1. A person who is not native.

References edit

  1. ^ [non - native/nonnative] at Google Ngram Viewer
  2. ^ 6. Compounding Rules in U.S. Government Printing Office Style Manual,