non·​spa·​tial ˌnän-ˈspā-shəl How to pronounce nonspatial (audio)
: not spatial: such as
: not relating to, occupying, or having the character of space
nonspatial data
: not relating to or involved in the perception of relationships (as of objects) in space
Hippocampal lesions … impair performance on a variety of spatial and nonspatial memory tasks.Larry R. Squire and Stuart Zola-Morgan
nonspatially adverb

Examples of nonspatial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The authors of the new study were curious whether this phenomenon only applies to previous encounters with a particular location or if perhaps this hippocampal replay also applies to memory more generally, including mental and nonspatial memories. Bret Stetka, Scientific American, 27 June 2019 Sure, the brain might use a common system to encode spatial and nonspatial knowledge, if the latter can be represented as varying continuously on a two-dimensional scale. Quanta Magazine, 14 Jan. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1869, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonspatial was in 1869

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“Nonspatial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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