from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective not being or composed of aborigines. Opposite of native.
  • adjective Of persons born in another area or country than that lived in; foreign-born.
  • adjective Originating in a different region and acclimated to a new environment; -- of plants or animals.

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  • adjective Not native
  • noun Someone who is not a native

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  • adjective not being or composed of aborigines
  • adjective of plants or animals originating in a part of the world other than where they are growing
  • adjective of persons born in another area or country than that lived in


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non- +‎ native


  • In California, the bellwether for all things pertaining to illegal immigration, large numbers of U. S.-born Hispanic students continue to be classified as nonnative "English language learners" through much of their school years, even though they speak English, because their academic and linguistic skills are so deficient.

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  • Interesting, this speaker told me that she was often mistaken for a 'nonnative' speaker of English by Americans unfamiliar with her accent. NATIVE SPEAKER.

  • This has led to problems such as nonnative species escaping into the wild and pollution as well as sea lice infestation and disease, because there is no barrier between captive salmon and the wild version in surrounding waters. News of the Underwater World

  • The result was a system that discriminated between native and 'nonnative' tribes.

  • As growing numbers of nonnative speakers of Global English bend English around their own word orders, at least a few could gain wide usage.

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  • Many of these pieces of language are already elemental building blocks in the daily lives of countless nonnative speakers of English.

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  • In the western provinces of the Roman Empire, Latin was used by native and nonnative speakers alike for tax collecting, commerce, entertainment, rituals, and ceremonies, and in the all-important Roman military.

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  • As one would expect, notions that are alien to teenage nonnative speakers of English abound in the verbal sections of the exam.

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  • These and so many others are cases of adoption by nonnative users of English, not of imposition.

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  • How might nonnative speakers remedy the s trouble in English?

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