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

Examples of noncore in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Journal reported earlier this month that Carl Icahn has a sizable stake in Crown Holdings Inc. and believes the beverage-can maker should, among other things, shed noncore units. Lauren Thomas, WSJ, 20 Nov. 2022 Liberty Mutual would join other peers who have sold noncore markets in Europe., 23 Nov. 2022 Uber has trimmed its losses during the health crisis, cutting staff and shedding noncore operations such as the company’s self-driving unit. Preetika Rana, WSJ, 10 Feb. 2022 Net sales fell 28% to $1.88 billion, as the company permanently closed some stores and sold noncore units. Matt Grossman, WSJ, 7 Jan. 2022 Disney, which considers the firm and its technology a noncore asset, didn’t invest in TrueX after the Fox deal, said people familiar with the matter. Sahil Patel, WSJ, 17 Mar. 2020 An additional 1,000 employees will leave as WeWork sells or closes down noncore businesses, like a private school in Manhattan that WeWork set up., 19 Nov. 2019 The leaders spoke last week after the British government defied the United States in allowing Huawei to build noncore elements of the network. Caitlin Yilek, Washington Examiner, 6 Feb. 2020 As tension builds at WeWork to divest its noncore businesses, Siegel has a mandate to find a buyer, and to do so within the next month or two. Alyssa Newcomb, NBC News, 26 Dec. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1938, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of noncore was in 1938

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“Noncore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Legal Definition


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