non·​grad·​u·​ate | \ ˌnän-ˈgra-jə-wət How to pronounce nongraduate (audio) , -ˌwāt, -ˈgraj-wət\

Definition of nongraduate

: a person who is not a graduate He became a college dropout, though nongraduate may be the more precise term.— David Leonhardt

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Today, more middle-class jobs for nongraduates are in financial services and health care. Lauren Weber, WSJ, "Where to Find a $35,000 Job—Without a Degree," 26 July 2017 Despite the shifting composition of well-paying jobs for nongraduates, the division by gender has remained roughly steady over the same period. Lauren Weber, WSJ, "Where to Find a $35,000 Job—Without a Degree," 26 July 2017

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1855, in the meaning defined above

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