non-Western

adjective

non-West·​ern ˌnän-ˈwe-stərn How to pronounce non-Western (audio)
1
: not being part of the western tradition
non-Western countries
2
: of or relating to non-Western societies
non-Western values

Examples of non-Western in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2023, the group was expanded to include Iran and the UAE along with Egypt and Ethiopia, furthering the Kremlin’s efforts to assemble a growing alignment of non-Western powers. Hanna Notte, Foreign Affairs, 15 July 2024 From geysers and alpine lakes to red rock arches and pinnacles, Travel + Leisure readers raved about national parks in states like Wyoming, Colorado, Montana, and Alaska — including only five parks in non-Western states. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 9 July 2024 Further replication is needed, and cross-cultural studies using non-Western participants are scarce. Christian B. Miller, CNN, 25 June 2024 The United States needs to show that its interests are not in opposition to those of non-Western countries. Manjari Chatterjee Miller, Foreign Affairs, 18 June 2024 Among the non-Western titles Nolan shared with De Jong as inspiration: Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1975 classic Mirror. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 10 Mar. 2024 The presence of leaders from Hamas and Hezbollah — two key Iranian proxies in the Middle East — alongside an array of non-Western officials offered a stark illustration of Tehran’s international standing at a turbulent moment for the country. Leily Nikounazar, New York Times, 22 May 2024 Yet amid the glamour, Stray Kids fans — and, possibly, some of the members themselves — were left with the experience marred by their disrespectful treatment by red-carpet photographers, highlighting the systemic barriers still faced by non-Western artists in Hollywood. Jeff Benjamin, Billboard, 9 May 2024 On the other side were Rousseau’s, who saw in prehistory—and its putative living representatives among non-Western societies—forms of egalitarianism and harmony that modernity had destroyed. Maya Jasanoff, The New Yorker, 6 May 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1902, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of non-Western was in 1902

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“Non-Western.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/non-Western. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

non-Western

adjective
non-West·​ern
(ˈ)nän-ˈwes-tərn
1
: not being part of the western tradition
non-Western countries
2
: of or relating to non-Western societies
non-Western values
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