- Non is defined as no.
An example of non used as an interjection is in the sentences, "Non! I don't want to go to the park today!" which means "No! I don't want to go to the park today!"
- Non is defined as not or no.
An example of non used as a prefix is in the phrase, "non-essential," which means not essential.
Origin of nonFrench
- : used to give a negative or privative force, esp. to nouns, adjectives, and adverbs
- the opposite of: nonessential
- excluded (from a specified category): nonvoter, nonfiction
- refusal or failure: noncooperation
- having the superficial aspect, but not the real value, of: used to give a pejorative force, esp. to nouns: nonbook, nonevent
- having the value, but not the surface aspect or identity, of: used to indicate potential, but unacknowledged or unrecognized, qualities: noncandidate, noncampaign
Origin of non-; from Classical Latin non, not ; from Old Latin noenum ; from ne-, negative particle (see no) + oinom, one
Origin of non-Middle English, from Old French, from Latin nōn, not; see ne in Indo-European roots.
- Obsolete form of none.
- Used in the sense of not, to negate the meaning of the word to which it is prefixed.
- 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. (For example, nonbaseball is relatively common, but noncricket — referring to a primarily British 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.