non·​dom·​i·​nant | \ ˌnän-ˈdä-mə-nənt How to pronounce nondominant (audio) , -ˈdäm-nənt \

Definition of nondominant

: not dominant nondominant genes done with the nondominant hand

Examples of nondominant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Chan also provided the illustrations—ink drawings made with his nondominant (left) hand—which manage somewhat miraculously to convey both childlike playfulness and sophisticated meaning. Dodie Kazanjian, Vogue, "In Playful New Drawings, Artist Paul Chan Revisits One of the 20th Century’s Greatest Thinkers," 10 Nov. 2020 Using a piece of tape or any straight line on the floor as a guide, place your feet a little more than shoulder-width apart, then pivot toward your nondominant side. Tovin Lapan,, "Shadowboxing: Throw a punch like you mean it," 14 May 2020 But others of us are relearning multiplication tables or bouncing a baby on one hip while fielding emails with a nondominant hand. Dawn Perry, New York Times, "5 Fast Pastas for Long Days," 13 Apr. 2020 This appears to be especially important for nondominant groups. Adam Grant, New York Times, "The Fine Line Between Helpful and Harmful Authenticity," 10 Apr. 2020 Clean it and position it in your nondominant hand so the fork’s tines face down. Los Angeles Times, "How to Boil Water: Easy potato gnocchi," 6 Apr. 2020 Experiments with modern humans wearing mouth guards suggest that if a person holds an object taut between her mouth and nondominant hand— Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "Oldest Evidence of Right-Handedness Seen in Fossil Jaw," 24 Oct. 2016

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First Known Use of nondominant

1940, in the meaning defined above

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16 Nov 2020

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“Nondominant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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