- of or relating to a language that is not the first language acquired by a person: It is harder to communicate in your nonnative language.
- of or relating to a person communicating in a nonnative language: a nonnative speaker of English.
- Biology. of or relating to a plant or animal that is not indigenous to a region: The proliferation of nonnative plants is choking out the local flora.
- Digital Technology. of or relating to software that was not originally designed for the platform on which it is running: nonnative user interfaces; nonnative apps.
Origin of nonnative
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Related Wordsdifferent, unfamiliar, alien, external, overseas, offshore, strange, alienated, antipodal, barbarian, barbaric, distant, exotic, expatriate, extraneous, extrinsic, far, far-fetched, faraway, immigrant
Examples from the Web for non-native
That Eugene was programmed to be a non-native English speaker gave it an advantage; similarly that it was meant to be 13.The AI That Wasn’t: Why ‘Eugene Goostman’ Didn’t Pass the Turing Test
June 10, 2014
Or do the common errors differ between native speakers and non-native speakers?
Most of the non-native English speakers I encounter tend to be writers or teachers.
(Maan) Israel's immigrants star in OECD education ranking - Non-native Israelis have higher employment rates than sabras.Ruling: Price Tag Acts Akin To Terror
December 6, 2012
Even today, most of the perpetrators of these crimes against Native women are non-Native, which is unusual.Native American Nightmare
October 27, 2011
In the South they are more numerous than any other non-native element.
The non-native element shows distinct tendencies to dwell in groups.The Frontier in American History
Frederick Jackson Turner
A decade ago the Irish were found to be relatively thrice as numerous in our almshouses as other non-native elements.
- a person who is not a native of a particular place or country
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