non·​us·​er ˌnän-ˈyü-zər How to pronounce nonuser (audio)
: one who does not make use of something (such as an available public facility or a harmful drug)

Examples of nonuser in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In one study, researchers enrolled over 700 undergraduate students who were either chronic cannabis users or nonusers. Richard Sima, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Apr. 2023 Even when sober, the cannabis users self-reported higher creativity and also performed better on a test measuring convergent thinking, an aspect of creativity for finding solutions to a problem, compared with the nonusers. Richard Sima, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Apr. 2023 The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released a report in March 2023 that shows buy now, pay later users were more likely to have higher credit card debt, delinquencies on other credit products and lower credit scores than nonusers. Nerd Wallet, oregonlive, 30 Mar. 2023 Ninety female college students participated in a study to compare fat distribution of an oral contraceptive user to that of a nonuser with a similar height and weight. Donna Sarkar, Discover Magazine, 18 Apr. 2021 By 2016, investigators found people who used e-cigarettes were 30 percent more likely to have developed a chronic lung disease, including asthma, bronchitis and emphysema, than nonusers. NBC News, 16 Dec. 2019 At the end of the studies, however, there was little difference in total sleep time between Sleepio users and nonusers. Natasha Singer, New York Times, 24 Sep. 2019 One small study of Colorado patients published in May found marijuana users required more than triple the amount of one common sedation medicine, propofol, as did nonusers. NBC News, 1 Aug. 2019 Bidet users were far more likely to show fecal bacteria as well as contamination by other pathogens than nonusers were. Lauren Mechling, New York Times, 6 Feb. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonuser was in 1850

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“Nonuser.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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non·​us·​er -ˈyü-zər How to pronounce nonuser (audio)
: one who does not make use of something (as a harmful drug)

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