non·​in·​ter·​course ˌnän-ˈin-tər-ˌkȯrs How to pronounce nonintercourse (audio)
: something (such as physical contact) that is not sexual intercourse
usually used before another noun
nonintercourse sex
: suspension or absence of dealings or relations
especially : suspension by one country of commercial relations with another
When Napoleon declared that French edicts against United States shipping would be lifted, Madison declared nonintercourse against Great Britain in March 1811. Mary Beth Norton et al.

Word History

First Known Use

1794, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of nonintercourse was in 1794

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“Nonintercourse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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