non·​par·​tic·​i·​pat·​ing ˌnän-pär-ˈti-sə-ˌpā-tiŋ How to pronounce nonparticipating (audio)
: not taking part in something : not participating
… students who participated … had greater academic gains and better attendance than their nonparticipating peers …Deidre Williams
… to discourage them from referring patients to nonparticipating providers …Kristen Consillio

Examples of nonparticipating in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a change to the rules this year, people in nonparticipating countries, including the United States, could join in online voting. Karla Adam, Washington Post, 13 May 2023 The 2023 Eurovision Song Contest will be broadcast in all nations with participating performers as well as a number of nonparticipating countries; learn more here. Danielle Directo-Meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 May 2023 Also, for the first time in history, Eurovision has announced that nonparticipating countries will be able to vote. Lindsey Weber, Vulture, 9 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1859, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonparticipating was in 1859

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Cite this Entry

“Nonparticipating.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

Legal Definition


: not participating
specifically : not participating or not giving the right to participate in surplus or profit
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