non·​or·​gan·​ic ˌnän-ȯr-ˈga-nik How to pronounce nonorganic (audio)
: not organic: such as
: not relating to, containing, or derived from living things
nonorganic insulation resistant to mold
a nonorganic mulch composed of stone
: not involving the use of organic methods of food production
nonorganic apples
nonorganic farming
nonorganic meat
: not relating to or arising in a bodily organ or part : not due to anatomical or physiological dysfunction
nonorganic hearing loss
nonorganic insomnia

Examples of nonorganic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For its 2024 list revealed on Wednesday, the EWG found overall that 75% of nonorganic produce sampled contained potentially harmful pesticides. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 22 Mar. 2024 Report is unfair to farmers, critics say About 70% of nonorganic produce tested by the USDA and FDA have pesticide levels within the legal limits allowed by the US Environmental Protection Agency, according to the EWG report. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 20 Mar. 2024 Baked goods Dairy, eggs and cheese Includes large, white, Grade A chicken eggs — organic, nonorganic, cage-free, free-range, and traditional varieties — sold in a one-dozen carton. Kori Rumore, Chicago Tribune, 21 Feb. 2023 Chemical application Herbicides, organic and nonorganic, are available at most garden centers and nurseries. Linda Berry Stewart, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Aug. 2023 Dubbed one of the most damaging snails in the world, the species has been known to consume at least 500 different kinds of plants and other nonorganic materials, like stucco. Mary Walrath-Holdridge, USA TODAY, 20 June 2023 Some consumers are cutting out organic foods from their carts and turning to cheaper, nonorganic items, Pandya noted. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 9 May 2023 The cannabis is grown in soil using no nonorganic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides, the website states. Chicago Tribune, 25 Apr. 2023 That’s because trees are turned into wood chips or compost, and some nonorganic materials can ruin a chipping machine. oregonlive, 2 Jan. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonorganic was in 1856

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“Nonorganic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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