non·​com·​pet·​i·​tive ˌnän-kəm-ˈpe-tə-tiv How to pronounce noncompetitive (audio)
: not competitive : uncompetitive: such as
: not suited for competition
a noncompetitive bid/price
a noncompetitive performance
: not inclined towards or characterized by competition or rivalry
his noncompetitive nature
a noncompetitive job market
learning in a noncompetitive environment
: 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

Examples of noncompetitive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the data underscores concerns about noncompetitive pay for high-level executives in Britain, which can deter it from being a global business player. Prarthana Prakash, Fortune Europe, 12 Apr. 2024 The general election for the seat is expected to be noncompetitive, given the state's partisan lean. Tal Axelrod, ABC News, 21 Mar. 2024 These wider meetings also allowed for participants to collaborate across companies and territories, with the diversity of Merlin affiliated labels allowing for noncompetitive knowledge sharing. Katie Bain, Billboard, 1 Mar. 2024 In his later career, Simmons turned to political activism, advocating for a 2008 bill mandating noncompetitive physical education in public schools. Ethan Shanfeld, Variety, 17 Jan. 2024 This was a sad, noncompetitive performance for all the NFL world and Jeff Bezos to see. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Dec. 2023 Belafonte became one of the first people to have won each of the four major entertainment awards—an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony—though his Oscar was won in a noncompetitive category. Conor Murray, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 The noncompetitive paddle is open to swimmers and paddlers in all kinds of watercraft ranging from surfboards and stand-up paddleboards to kayaks. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Sep. 2023 Janine Parry, a political scientist at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, said the March 5 primaries will be the more important election for state legislative races, as most seats in the General Assembly are noncompetitive for the general election. Neal Earley, Arkansas Online, 5 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of noncompetitive was in 1850

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“Noncompetitive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


non·​com·​pet·​i·​tive -kəm-ˈpet-ət-iv How to pronounce noncompetitive (audio)
: 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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