non·​par·​tic·​i·​pant ˌnän-pär-ˈti-sə-pənt How to pronounce nonparticipant (audio)
plural nonparticipants
: one who does not participate in something
… recent data show few differences in weight between food stamp participants and nonparticipants among women.Michele Ver Ploeg et al.
The activists drew support from passersby, with many nonparticipants voicing approval …Brenna Smith

Examples of nonparticipant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The second and critical feature of the Climate Club would be a penalty for nonparticipants. William Nordhaus, Foreign Affairs, 10 Apr. 2020 Some form of sanction on nonparticipants is required to induce countries to participate in and abide by agreements with local costs but diffuse benefits. William Nordhaus, Foreign Affairs, 10 Apr. 2020 But the median income of nonparticipants was just $42,000, meaning half of nonparticipants made less than that. Jeanne Sahadi, CNN, 15 June 2023 He was officially listed as a nonparticipant in that session. Jim McBride,, 5 Oct. 2022 James was on the field again Thursday in Costa Mesa but remained a nonparticipant in drills. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 29 July 2022 Like Catholic University, also a nonparticipant, Trinity Washington is near the Brookland-CUA station on the Red Line. Washington Post, 4 Dec. 2021 For a nonparticipant, these arguments will seem crudely reductive. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 5 Apr. 2021 Koch, who was listed as a nonparticipant, has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Daniel Oyefusi,, 30 Dec. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1864, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonparticipant was in 1864

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“Nonparticipant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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