non·​rep·​re·​sen·​ta·​tion·​al | \ ˌnän-ˌre-pri-ˌzen-ˈtā-shnəl How to pronounce nonrepresentational (audio) , -zən-, -shə-nᵊl \

Definition of nonrepresentational

: nonobjective sense 2 a nonrepresentational sculpture

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nonrepresentationalism \ ˌnän-​ˌre-​pri-​ˌzen-​ˈtā-​shnə-​ˌli-​zəm How to pronounce nonrepresentational (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl-​ˌi-​zəm \ noun

Examples of nonrepresentational in a Sentence

nonrepresentational photographs that are really about the play of light on rapidly moving objects
Recent Examples on the Web Democrats already labor under the nonrepresentational quality of the U.S. Senate, where, according to a recent analysis by Vox, the 50 Democratic senators represent 41.6 million more people than 50 Republican senators. Eric Zorn,, 27 Apr. 2021 Over a half-century of this trio’s nonrepresentational art, things get funkier and funkier. Washington Post, 5 Mar. 2021 Like Howard Mehring before her, Pamela Keravuori makes nonrepresentational pictures that usually lack a central focus. Washington Post, 20 Nov. 2020 Board law requires workers to object formally to their dues being used for nonrepresentational purposes, such as supporting a political candidate. Peter Schaumber, WSJ, 1 Apr. 2018 Considering that previous Allen Collection exhibits were dominated by realism, this array of often uncompromising, nonrepresentational art comes as something of a surprise. Gary Faigin, The Seattle Times, 18 May 2017 Pieces such as these, Hickson said, were a break from the nonrepresentational abstract expressionism. Susan Dunne,, 4 May 2017 Cunningham, a proponent of using chance operations in his choreographic process, paved the way for explorations of nonrepresentational dance. Gia Kourlas, New York Times, 17 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of nonrepresentational

1923, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonrepresentational.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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