non·​vo·​cal | \ ˌnän-ˈvō-kəl How to pronounce nonvocal (audio) \

Definition of nonvocal

: not vocal: such as
a : not uttered by the voice nonvocal communication
b : not relating to, composed or arranged for, or sung by the human voice nonvocal music recordings
c : not having or exercising the power of producing voice, speech, or sound nonvocal patients
d : not outspoken How does the nonvocal majority make a difference?— Denise Barbour

Examples of nonvocal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In recent years, scientists have tested various species and found evidence that nonvocal learners such as sea lions and bonobos have rhythm too. Quanta Magazine, "The Beasts That Keep the Beat," 22 Mar. 2016

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First Known Use of nonvocal

1867, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonvocal.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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