Meaning of non- by Wiktionary Dictionary
- IPA: /ˈnɒn/
- The prefix non- may be joined to a word by means of a hyphen, which is standard in British usage. In many cases, especially in American usage, non- is joined without a hyphen, but a hyphen is preferred if its absence would obscure the understanding or pronunciation of the word. ( For example, nonbaseball is relatively common, but noncricket — referring to a primarily UK sport — is rare. ) Some non- words rarely or never use a hyphen ( such as nonentity ) .
- Unlike un-, non- tends to suggest an absolute negation without the possibility of shades of comparison. For example, more unkind sounds quite natural, but more nonhelpful does not .
- Meaning "not" in phrases taken from Latin and some other languages, non is a separate word and is not hyphenated. Examples: non compos mentis, persona non grata .
- As non- is a living prefix, the list of words having the prefix non- is practically unlimited. It is particularly common in the sciences .
- Non- may be attached to nouns, verbs, adjectives or adverbs to negate their meaning .
- Non- ( nŏn- ) pref. [L. non, OL. noenu, noenum, fr. neoenum, lit., not one. See None.] A prefix used in the sense of not; un-; in-; as in nonattention, or non-attention, nonconformity, nonmetallic, nonsuit.
☞ The prefix non- may be joined to the leading word by means of a hyphen, or, in most cases, the hyphen may be dispensed with. The list of words having the prefix non- could easily be lengthened.
From Latin nona ( “nine” ) .
By Wiktionary ( 2012/08/11 20:30 UTC Version )
Definition of non- by GCIDE Dictionary