non·​ex·​pert ˌnän-ˈek-ˌspərt How to pronounce nonexpert (audio)
: a person who is not an expert
explained in terms a nonexpert can understand
often used before another noun
a nonexpert user
nonexpert testimony

Examples of nonexpert in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even people skilled at communicating scientific principles to nonexperts have been lured into the debate trap. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 22 June 2023 How can nonexperts figure out what to eat when the experts can’t agree? Tamar Haspel, Washington Post, 28 Mar. 2023 Now, ChatGPT and similar language processing tools promise to upend medical care again, providing patients with more data than a simple online search and explaining conditions and treatments in language nonexperts can understand. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, 27 Feb. 2023 The often vague language used to describe the science behind these fragrances can also cause confusion for a nonexpert. Emily Jensen, Allure, 27 Jan. 2022 As a nonexpert who mainly uses mats for lazily stretching between episodes of romantic Korean dramas, there’s something soothing about a cork surface. Vogue, 8 Jan. 2022 Expert ratings of news sources had stronger effects on belief than ratings from nonexpert users, and the effects were even stronger when the rating was low, suggesting the source was likely to be inaccurate. Alan R. Dennis, The Conversation, 2 Dec. 2019 There have long been disputes over how to characterize the private citizens and nonexperts who went to space. Konstantin Kakaes, Slate Magazine, 30 Mar. 2017 Trump has repeatedly dismissed the knowledge and wisdom of experts while elevating nonexperts who lack relevant experience into important jobs across the federal government. James Hohmann, Washington Post, 24 July 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1865, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonexpert was in 1865

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“Nonexpert.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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