non·​core | \ ˌnän-ˈkȯr How to pronounce noncore (audio) \

Definition of noncore

: not being a central or foundational part of something : not being or belonging to a core … the noncore content areas of art, music, and physical education …— Bomna Ko … businesses have redrawn their boundaries, making them both tight (as they focus on core competencies) and porous (as they outsource noncore work).— Thomas A. Stewart

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The decision Thursday evening also allows the country’s largest state enterprise, oil major Petróleo Brasileiro SA, or Petrobras, to continue its sale of noncore assets. ... Paulo Trevisani, WSJ, "Brazil Ruling Eases Sales of State-Owned Subsidiaries," 7 June 2019 In a 2017 interview with The Wall Street Journal, former Volkswagen Chief Executive Matthias Müller said the company had compiled a list of such noncore businesses that together represented about 20% of the auto giant’s total revenue. William Boston, WSJ, "Volkswagen Sets IPO Price Range for Its Big-Truck Unit," 13 June 2019 Other conglomerates, like General Electric, have made similar moves to shed noncore operations. New York Times, "United Technologies and Raytheon to Combine Into Aerospace and Military Giant," 9 June 2019 The company also sold noncore assets, such as Green Giant. The Motley Fool, The Seattle Times, "The Motley Fool: Explaining negative amortization," 18 May 2019 With investors expecting so little—Baidu trades at 17 times forward earnings, close to a 10-year low—the fast growth in noncore businesses may generate some short-term excitement. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Baidu’s Costly Search for Growth," 22 Feb. 2019 That is because with 5G, noncore equipment, such as that in cellular towers, will handle tasks that the core currently handles. Stu Woo, WSJ, "Huawei Loses Business From Top U.K. Carrier as Scrutiny Intensifies," 5 Dec. 2018 Newsletter Sign-up Maersk has been restructuring itself, selling off its energy and other noncore units to become a global logistics player. Costas Paris, WSJ, "Maersk Bounces Back to Profit on Soaring Trans-Pacific Freight Rates," 14 Nov. 2018 Barrick is seeking to shed a number of noncore mining properties and any combination with Newmont would likely trigger a fresh wave of gold property sales. Jacquie Mcnish, WSJ, "Barrick Gold Is Considering Possible Deal With Newmont," 22 Feb. 2019

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1938, in the meaning defined above

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\ ˌnän-ˈkōr\

Legal Definition of non-core

: of, relating to, or being a non-core proceeding

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