nonbiological

adjective
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

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Other Words from nonbiological

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

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But methane can also be produced by nonbiological sources, such as volcanoes. Amina Khan, latimes.com, "The search for life on other planets could get a boost from biosignatures," 25 Jan. 2018 And there’s no sign of hydrothermal reactions with other minerals that can produce graphite, which is the next most likely source of nonbiological graphite like this. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "New evidence would push life back to at least 3.95 billion years ago," 30 Sep. 2017 And if a couple breaks up, lawyers say that without an adoption, the nonbiological parent may have to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars in court to establish the right to custody. Elizabeth A. Harris, New York Times, "Same-Sex Parents Still Face Legal Complications," 20 June 2017

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First Known Use of nonbiological

circa 1871, in the meaning defined above

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nonbiological

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of nonbiological

: not coming from or related to things that are alive
: related through adoption rather than birth

non-biological

adjective
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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