non·​bi·​o·​log·​i·​cal | \ ˌnän-ˌbī-ə-ˈlä-ji-kəl How to pronounce nonbiological (audio) \

Definition of nonbiological

: not biological: such as
a : not relating to, marked by, or derived from life and living processes nonbiological research nonbiological components nonbiological methane
b : not connected by genetic relationship a nonbiological parent

Other Words from nonbiological

nonbiologically \ ˌnän-​ˌbī-​ə-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce nonbiological (audio) \ adverb
nonbiologically produced materials

Examples of nonbiological in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Regolith, which is strictly nonbiological material, can become extremely dense like cement when water is added. Joanna Thompson, Scientific American, 2 June 2022 In almost no states do non-married, nonbiological family members receive any inheritance if access isn’t explicitly laid out in a will. Michael Waters, The Atlantic, 17 May 2022 That announcement was met with some skepticism, however, with some scientists proposing nonbiological sources of the phosphine, and others suggesting phosphine hadn’t been detected at all. NBC News, 5 Feb. 2022 If advanced aliens are nonbiological, searching for biosignatures won’t help scientists find them. Joelle Renstrom, Wired, 28 Nov. 2021 But their models still weren’t as effective against the attacks as adversarial training, the top nonbiological solution. Quanta Magazine, 7 Dec. 2021 The woke allege all nonbiological differences between men and women are socially constructed. WSJ, 8 Oct. 2021 These states offer nonbiological parents paths to parentage regardless of their marital status and don't require parents to adopt their own children. NBC News, 6 Oct. 2021 If a nonbiological process were at play, the radioactive carbon dioxide should have been seen after the sterilization as well. New York Times, 4 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of nonbiological

circa 1871, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonbiological.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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non-bi·​o·​log·​i·​cal | \ -ˌbī-ə-ˈläj-i-kəl \
variants: or nonbiological

Medical Definition of non-biological

: not biological non-biological parents non-biological factors

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