non·​ath·​lete | \ ˌnän-ˈath-ˌlēt How to pronounce nonathlete (audio) , nonstandard -ˈa-thə-ˌlēt \

Definition of nonathlete

: a person who is not an athlete an obstacle course too demanding for a nonathlete

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Other Words from nonathlete

nonathletic \ ˌnän-​ath-​ˈle-​tik How to pronounce nonathletic (audio) , nonstandard  -​ˌa-​thə-​ˈle-​ \ adjective
nonathletic interests/activities

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Recent Examples on the Web Then, by scanning obituaries and old yearbooks, the researchers narrowed the group to 300 athletes who played contact sports and 450 nonathletes. Sabine Galvis, Science | AAAS, "Even if you don’t play contact sports, you could develop signs of traumatic brain injury," 3 July 2019 But even at schools where athletics is a loss leader and in sports that don’t draw many paying customers, competitors ought to be able to take advantage of whatever market value their skills might have, just as student nonathletes do. Eric Zorn,, "Column: Not allowing college athletes to make money is elitist and exploitative. Illinois can help put a stop to it.," 29 Oct. 2019 Salazar is arguably the most famous nonathlete ever to receive a doping sanction. David Epstein, ProPublica, "World’s Most Famous Track Coach Is Banned for 4 Years for Doping Violations," 1 Oct. 2019 Nine percent of athletes had evidence of CTE, compared with just over 3% of nonathletes. Sabine Galvis, Science | AAAS, "Even if you don’t play contact sports, you could develop signs of traumatic brain injury," 3 July 2019 The program also welcomes nonathletes and even adults, because the universal lessons of mindfulness, focus and resilience apply to everyone. René A. Guzman,, "San Antonio service trains youth athletes to cope with game stress," 13 June 2019 The tests gave me, a nonathlete, a taste of what the elite crew teams at my school must have experienced: the glory of beyond-regional success, along with the more enduring satisfaction of having been in it together. Caitlin Macy, WSJ, "AP Tests Are Still a Great American Equalizer," 22 Feb. 2019 And some see managing heart-rate variability as a way for nonathletes to deal with stress. Charles Wallace, WSJ, "What’s Your Heart-Rate Variability? It May Be Time to Find Out," 25 June 2017

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First Known Use of nonathlete

1885, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonathlete.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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