nonbinary

adjective non·bi·na·ry \ ˌnän-ˈbī-nə-rē , -ˌner-ē , -ˌne-rē \
|Updated on: 25 Jun 2018

Definition of nonbinary

: not binary: such as
a : not restricted to two things or parts
  • nonbinary voting
b : of, relating to, or being a system of numbers that does not use 2 as its base
  • nonbinary math
c : relating to or being a person who identifies with or expresses a gender identity that is neither entirely male nor entirely female
  • … an effort to create more equality for nonbinary and transgender students across campus.
  • —Phoebe Roe
  • … many people with nonbinary genders use "they" and "their" pronouns …
  • —Lucy Brisbane

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1863

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