from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Not: noncombatant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • Used in the sense of not, to negate the meaning of the word to which it is prefixed.
  • Prevocalic form of nona-

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A prefix used in the sense of not; un-; in-; as in nonattention, or non-attention, nonconformity, nonmetallic, nonsuit.


Middle English, from Old French, from Latin nōn, not; see ne in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin non, from Old Latin noenu, noenum, from neoenum ("not one"). See none. (Wiktionary)
From Latin nona ("nine"). (Wiktionary)


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