non·​nov·​el ˌnän-ˈnä-vəl How to pronounce nonnovel (audio)
: not new, original, or striking : not novel
… in a line drawing, the novel part or parts may be drawn in full lines, with nonnovel part or parts shown in dotted lines.John Grant et al.

Examples of nonnovel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And in their assessment of the link between novel moves and better-quality decisions, Shin and his colleagues found that before AlphaGo succeeded against human players, humans’ novel moves contributed less to good-quality decisions, on average, than nonnovel moves. Emily Willingham, Scientific American, 13 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1959, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonnovel was in 1959

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“Nonnovel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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