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nonnative Syllabification: non·na·tive
Pronunciation: /ˌnänˈnādiv/

Definition of nonnative in English:


1(Of a person, plant, or animal) not indigenous or native to a particular place.
Example sentences
  • Originally, the act did not distinguish between native and non-native bird species.
  • Large numbers of natives and non-native Canadians have been attending these meetings.
  • Learn about the relationship between native yellow-legged frogs and non-native trout.
1.1(Of a speaker) not having spoken the language in question from earliest childhood.
Example sentences
  • The reason is that a non-native speaker who has learned the language after his childhood uses his lip and face muscles differently even if he sounds like a perfect native speaker.
  • These findings have further implications for other language learners, namely, non-native speakers acquiring a second language.
  • She had been studying the English language with a program designed to teach it to non-native speakers.
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