non·​fos·​sil ˌnän-ˈfä-səl How to pronounce nonfossil (audio)
: not derived from or characteristic of fossils or fossil fuels
nonfossil energy sources

Examples of nonfossil in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The two nonfossil-fuel schools finally got the green light in a special election last year. Sabrina Shankman,, 26 Oct. 2022 South American nations fear that the cost of exporting meat products, fresh produce and commodities would at least double if ships have to run on nonfossil fuels, which currently cost roughly 10 times more than conventional bunker oil. Costas Paris, WSJ, 5 May 2021 The fee would apply first to emissions from fossil fuel production, expanding to cover nonfossil fuel high-emitting entities in 2025, according to a summary of the bill. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, 15 Mar. 2021 And the goal for increasing nonfossil energy use to about 20% of overall energy consumption is just a modest improvement over the 15% of the previous plan. Dennis Normile, Science | AAAS, 5 Mar. 2021 In doing so, Mr. Modi committed India to achieving 40 percent of its electricity capacity from nonfossil-fuel sources by 2030. Geeta Anand, New York Times, 2 June 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1955, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonfossil was in 1955

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“Nonfossil.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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