Definition of non-specialist in English:

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Pronunciation: /nɒnˈspɛʃ(ə)lɪst/


A person who is not an expert or specialist in a particular subject.
Example sentences
  • One simple way to describe them is to say they are non-specialists who think they are specialists.
  • These papers are all here, and they make hard reading for non-specialists.
  • Even the non-specialists will stand a chance of winning a medal.


Not having or requiring specialist knowledge: articles inform non-specialist readers about new scientific advances
More example sentences
  • The text is detailed but generally well argued and clear enough for the non-specialist reader to find his or her way.
  • All the other non-specialist presenters are so bland they melt into one.
  • There are no long musical quotations or discussions of musical theory to confuse the non-specialist reader.

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