non·​lin·​guis·​tic ˌnän-liŋ-ˈgwi-stik How to pronounce nonlinguistic (audio)
: not consisting of or related to language : not linguistic
nonlinguistic sounds such as whistles, yells, laughs, and cries …American Speech
… produce as their immediate response a linguistic or nonlinguistic signal of understanding or continued attention.W. Nelson Francis
nonlinguistically adverb

Word History

First Known Use

1909, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonlinguistic was in 1909

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“Nonlinguistic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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