non·​tar·​get ˌnän-ˈtär-gət How to pronounce nontarget (audio)
: not being the intended object of action by a particular agent
effect of insecticides on nontarget organisms

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web More than 200 deaths were nontarget animals, including foxes, opossums, raccoons, skunks and a bear. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, 8 Aug. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1945, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nontarget was in 1945

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“Nontarget.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

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