non·​rep·​re·​sen·​ta·​tive ˌnän-ˌre-pri-ˈzen-tə-tiv How to pronounce nonrepresentative (audio)
: not representative: such as
: not serving as a typical or characteristic example
a nonrepresentative sample
: not of, based on, or constituting a government in which the many are represented by persons chosen from among them usually by election
nonrepresentative governments

Examples of nonrepresentative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In open session, the board heard reports on summer school and district demographics, and approved raises and a benefits increase for Classified Confidential, Supervisory, and Management nonrepresentative groups retroactive to July 1, 2022. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 May 2023 In those cases, small, nonrepresentative subsets of users self-select to curate material, and each one can see what the others are doing. Gilad Edelman, Wired, 1 Sep. 2021 The episode is perfect insight into mainstream American views of othered places — Africa or Asia, New Orleans or Compton — a story limned by limited outsiders and thus nonrepresentative, objectified and objectionable. Tunde Wey, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 Mar. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1855, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonrepresentative was in 1855

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“Nonrepresentative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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