non·​com·​pet·​i·​tive | \ ˌnän-kəm-ˈpe-tə-tiv How to pronounce noncompetitive (audio) \

Definition of noncompetitive

: not competitive : uncompetitive: such as
a : not suited for competition a noncompetitive bid/price a noncompetitive performance
b : not inclined towards or characterized by competition or rivalry his noncompetitive nature a noncompetitive job market learning in a noncompetitive environment
c : not being, involving, or engaging in a competition or contest noncompetitive recreational swimmers a noncompetitive bike ride … still must take a noncompetitive examination … before being named permanently to the post by the council.— Richard V. Sabatini

First Known Use of noncompetitive

1850, in the meaning defined above

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“Noncompetitive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of noncompetitive

chiefly US
: not very interested in winning or being more successful than other people
: not involved in official competitions, contests, etc.
: not good enough to compete with others


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Medical Definition of noncompetitive

: involving or acting in inhibition of an enzyme by affecting its intrinsic catalytic activity rather than by competition with the substrate for the active site

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