non·​sci·​en·​tist | \ ˌnän-ˈsī-ən-tist How to pronounce nonscientist (audio) \
plural nonscientists

Definition of nonscientist

: a person who is not a scientist or who lacks training in the sciences trusted by both scientists and nonscientists

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Recent Examples on the Web Many nonscientists — including President Trump — have noted the seasonality of colds and flu and hoped the novel coronavirus would act likewise. William J. Broad, New York Times, "Could the Power of the Sun Slow the Coronavirus?," 24 Apr. 2020 So in addition to following public-health guidelines, how can nonscientists engage with studies, or news that cites studies, to help them protect their health? Checking sources is important: Heed information that comes from respected journals. Kim Tingley, New York Times, "Coronavirus Is Forcing Medical Research to Speed Up," 21 Apr. 2020 The news of coronavirus epidemics around the world involves a flood of numbers that are a challenge for any nonscientist to digest. James Gorman, New York Times, "The Coronavirus, by the Numbers," 10 Mar. 2020 This new approach could even include criticism by nonscientists. David Randall, WSJ, "A Cornell Scientist’s Downfall," 25 Sep. 2018 All the signals seem to be telling scientists (and nonscientists as well) not to go into federal public service. Andrew A. Rosenberg, Scientific American, "The Trump Administration’s War on Science Agencies Threatens the Nation’s Health and Safety," 1 Jan. 2018 Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research agrees with these proposals, but further suggests that any advisory entities include independent animal welfare experts, ethicists, and nonscientists. Elisa A. Hurley, STAT, "Lab animal regulations can be simplified without weakening welfare standards," 4 Apr. 2018 If the science behind the patents appears exotic to the nonscientist, the legal strategy is easy to grasp. Cynthia Koons,, "This Shield of Patents Protects the World’s Best-Selling Drug," 7 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of nonscientist

1872, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonscientist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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