non·​in·​dig·​e·​nous | \ ˌnän-in-ˈdi-jə-nəs How to pronounce nonindigenous (audio) \
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Definition of nonindigenous

1 : not produced, growing, living, or occurring naturally in a particular region or environment : not indigenous nonindigenous plant species nonindigenous music
2 non-Indigenous or less commonly non-indigenous or nonindigenous : of or relating to someone who is not an Indigenous person : not belonging to or descended from the earliest known inhabitants of a place We were both Ojibwe, raised in non-Indigenous homes. He called me Dukester; I called him Goose.— Duke Redbird When collaborative research projects work well, they establish an equitable relationship between the non-Indigenous researcher and the Indigenous community, recognize the struggles of that community and value its strengths.— Deborah McGregor [Bula] Ghosh said that they hope what they can accomplish from events like these is a building of trust between indigenous and the non-indigenous population …— Tanner Wallace-Scribner For a lot of nonindigenous people, visiting the Grand Canyon is a bucket list item, something you check it off your list. But this website tells stories about the Grand Canyon that are very different from that.— Melissa Sevigny

Examples of nonindigenous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cher learned of Kaavan’s plight in 2016 and hired a legal team to press for his freedom, citing inhumane treatment of a nonindigenous animal. Charles Mcdermid And Bopha Phorn, Los Angeles Times, 26 Nov. 2020 The nearly two million indigenous peoples in Canada are also poorly served by the country’s health care system, with rates of suicide, infant mortality, and chronic disease that are much higher than those of the nonindigenous population. Nathan Whitlock, The New York Review of Books, 3 Nov. 2020 Apart from the local activity of the Urarina, other indigenous groups and some nonindigenous people, the Pastaza-Marañón peatlands remain in nearly pristine condition. Daniel Grossman, Scientific American, 5 Feb. 2020 Most of Monday’s victims were nonindigenous Papuan people, the police said. Richard C. Paddock, New York Times, 25 Sep. 2019 Hundreds of indigenous and nonindigenous members supported a Walk for Reconciliation in 2017, which culminated in the city forming its own committee on reconciliation. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 July 2019 Indigenous groups suffered the worst losses, and nonindigenous lawyers, journalists, activists, park rangers and others were killed as well. Rachel Nuwer, Scientific American, 5 Aug. 2019 This is something Ataumbi said nonindigenous brands often fail to do, which leads to an insensitive appropriation of sacred items—such as headdresses—that should never be used in a fashion setting. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 30 May 2018 At the same time, many nonindigenous people in Saskatchewan view Boushie’s death as an injustice, including a group that stood in front of the courthouse Thursday in bone-chilling cold holding signs and banners calling for justice. Ian Austen, The Seattle Times, 10 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of nonindigenous

1812, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Nonindigenous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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