non-na·​tive ˌnän-ˈnā-tiv How to pronounce non-native (audio)
variants or nonnative
: not native: such as
of a plant or animal : living or growing in a place that is not the location of its natural occurrence
a non-native fish species
… overgrazing causes grasslands to give way to sagebrush, mesquite and non-native exotic grasses, environmentalists contend.Doug McInnis
: not born or raised in the place where a particular language is spoken
non-native inhabitants
a nonnative speaker of English [=a person who speaks English but whose native language is not English]
non-native noun
or nonnative
plural non-natives or nonnatives
popular among both natives and non-natives

Examples of non-native in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Today, however, the biggest threats are non-native predators, such as foxes and feral cats. Avery Hurt, Discover Magazine, 25 Mar. 2024 Weed Wrangles are single-day events in public parks and green spaces where volunteers remove non-native invasive plants. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 18 Mar. 2024 William Harris was one of the first non-native settlers in the Independence-Blue Springs area, according to the Lee’s Summit History Museum. Janice Phelan, Kansas City Star, 27 Mar. 2024 Other research suggests those programs are more likely to flag text that’s written by non-native English speakers as being AI-generated. Silas Allen, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 27 Mar. 2024 Furthermore, given that medical tourism often participates in a cash-only economy in non-native borders, patients often may not have means to seek recourse or respite in case of poor outcomes. Sai Balasubramanian, M.d., J.d., Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024 The three-year project includes removing invasive trees, such as eucalyptus and palms, and non-native plants, including reeds, and planting native species on a quarter-mile stretch of riparian habitat north of Lusardi Creek and east of the Arroyo Preserve. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Mar. 2024 Invasive non-native plants can devastate Indiana ecosystems, but volunteer efforts across the state can help keep them out of public parks and green spaces. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 18 Mar. 2024 Related Articles In extremely wet years, non-native invasive plants can expand their territory and compete with the native wildflowers – like the California poppy – for space and resources, according to Turner. Wire Service, The Mercury News, 18 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1845, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of non-native was in 1845

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“Non-native.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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