Definition of nonliving in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌnänˈliviNG/

Entry from US English dictionary


1Inanimate; inorganic: materials that come from nonliving sources
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  • These explanations proceed by asserting that the most complex nonliving molecules will reproduce more efficiently than less complex nonliving molecules.
  • Reason is what distinguishes us from plants, nonhuman animals, and nonliving things, and so our purpose must involve its fruitful cultivation.
  • Molecular machines will bridge the gap between living matter and nonliving matter, making the border between life and death much fuzzier.
2No longer alive: a kidney from a nonliving donor
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  • Only about 15 percent of kidney transplants are done with living donors, the other recipients must wait about five years before receiving a kidney from a nonliving donor.

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Syllabification: non·liv·ing

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