non·​us·​er | \ ˌnän-ˈyü-zər How to pronounce nonuser (audio) \

Definition of nonuser

: one who does not make use of something (such as an available public facility or a harmful drug)

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "E-cigarettes linked to lung problems, first long-term study on vaping finds," 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, "Sleep Therapy for the Masses May Be Coming to You Soon," 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, "If you smoke pot, your anesthesiologist needs to know," 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, "Why Is This Woman So Preoccupied With Your Bathroom Habits?," 6 Feb. 2018 Facebook is notorious for slurping data from users and nonusers alike to feed its advertising business. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "There's a Whole Web of Popular Apps Sending Your Data Off to Facebook," 2 Jan. 2019 The company doesn’t use the term but does track nonusers. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "Who Has More of Your Personal Data Than Facebook? Try Google," 22 Apr. 2018 In one hopeful finding, a 2012 meta-analysis found that in 13 studies in which participants had laid off weed for 25 days or more, their performance on cognitive tests did not differ significantly from that of nonusers. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, "What Pot Really Does to the Teen Brain," 1 Dec. 2017 Facebook tracks both its users and nonusers on other sites and apps. Author: Natasha Singer, Anchorage Daily News, "What you don’t know about how Facebook uses your data," 12 Apr. 2018

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1850, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonuser.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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