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  1. of or relating to a magnet or magnetism.
  2. having the properties of a magnet.
  3. capable of being magnetized or attracted by a magnet.
  4. pertaining to the magnetic field of the earth: the magnetic equator.
  5. exerting a strong attractive power or charm: a magnetic personality.
  6. noting or pertaining to various bearings and measurements as indicated by a magnetic compass: magnetic amplitude; magnetic course; magnetic meridian.
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Sometimes mag·net·i·cal.

Origin of magnetic

From the Late Latin word magnēticus, dating back to 1625–35. See magnet, -ic
Related formsmag·net·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·mag·net·ic, adjectivenon·mag·net·i·cal, adjectivenon·mag·net·i·cal·ly, adverbo·ver·mag·net·ic, adjectiveo·ver·mag·net·i·cal·ly, adverbsem·i·mag·net·ic, adjectivesem·i·mag·net·i·cal, adjectivesem·i·mag·net·i·cal·ly, adverbun·mag·net·ic, adjectiveun·mag·net·i·cal, adjective


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5. persuasive, charismatic, captivating.
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Examples from the Web for non-magnetic

Historical Examples

  • Some metals are non-magnetic, this applying to iron if combined with manganese.

    Electricity for Boys

    J. S. Zerbe

  • A hunk of solid, non-magnetic metal about the size of an office desk.

    Spacehounds of IPC

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • And every ship had an inset of iron in its non-magnetic hull.

  • It was the silicon bronze mainspring of his non-magnetic watch.

    Operation Terror

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins

  • For the most part iron was substituted by copper or other non-magnetic metal.

British Dictionary definitions for non-magnetic


  1. of, producing, or operated by means of magnetism
  2. of or concerned with a magnet
  3. of or concerned with the magnetism of the earththe magnetic equator
  4. capable of being magnetized
  5. exerting a powerful attractiona magnetic personality
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Derived Formsmagnetically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for non-magnetic



1610s, literal; 1630s, figurative, from Modern Latin magneticus, from Latin magnes (see magnet).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

non-magnetic in Science


  1. Producing, caused by, or making use of magnetic fields.
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