: not having, characterized by, or marked by life: not alive or livingnonliving matter… prebiotic molecules—the nonliving building blocks from which the proteins, genetic codes and cellular complexity of living organisms arise.— Malcolm W. Browne
Examples of nonliving in a Sentence
Recent Examples on the WebPhosphine, the argument goes, is not generally expected to be produced, or to survive for very long, in the abiotic (nonliving) chemistry anticipated for this part of Venus’s environment.
Caleb A. Scharf, Scientific American, 5 Oct. 2020
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