nonlinear

adjective
non·​lin·​e·​ar | \ˌnän-ˈli-nē-ər \

Definition of nonlinear 

: not linear nonlinear thinking a nonlinear narrative … I was already interested in the nonlinear manner in which ideas and fashions travel through our culture …— Lyall Watson

Other Words from nonlinear

nonlinearity \ˌnän-​ˌli-​nē-​ˈer-​ə-​tē, -​ˈa-​rə-​ \ noun plural nonlinearities
nonlinearly adverb

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1884, in the meaning defined above

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