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\ (ˈ)nän also, ˌnən or, ˈnən, before ˈ- stressed syllable, ˌnän also, ˌnən, before ˌ- stressed or unstressed syllable; the variant with ə is also to be understood at pronounced entries, though not shown \

Definition of non-

1 : not : other than : reverse of : absence of nontoxic nonlinear
2 : of little or no consequence : unimportant : worthless nonissues nonsystem
3 : lacking the usual especially positive characteristics of the thing specified noncelebration nonart

History and Etymology for non-

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin non not, from Old Latin noenum, from ne- not + oinom, neuter of oinos one — more at no, one

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“Non-.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/non-. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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