Meaning of non-organic in English:


Pronunciation /ˌnɒnɔːˈɡanɪk/


  • 1Not relating to or derived from living matter.

    ‘non-organic archaeological finds’
    • ‘Kubrick and Shahni's visual surfaces are highly decorative; they integrate the human with the non-organic surfaces of everyday objects and spaces and in Shahani's case, with nature as well.’
    • ‘Although in practice this may be true, consumption of non-organic materials is probably a by-product of their foraging.’
    • ‘Some aspects of lawn care require the usage of both organic and non-organic products.’
    • ‘I'm sure the response will be that even bacteria are highly complex organisms, and relative to non-organic entities, that may be true.’
    • ‘During a trial recently, the bale-press processing machine could only process nonorganic waste, she said.’
    • ‘All waste, from organic to nonorganic, goes into one channel, such as a gutter.’
    lifeless, insentient, insensate, without life, inert, motionless
  • 2(of food or farming methods) involving the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

    ‘non-organic hens' eggs’
    • ‘Lindane is found in most non-organic chocolate.’
    • ‘Look out for the authorised non-organic ingredients listed on the label.’
    • ‘In fact sales of organic baby food have risen by nearly six per cent, compared with a slight decline in non-organic baby food.’
    • ‘People with allergies to chemical ingredients in some non-organic products benefit from the organic labels.’
    • ‘They are less likely to be tainted with the chemical residues that lace non-organic, intensively reared meat.’
    • ‘‘Organic products are very different from non-organic products, so differentiating between the two is easy for us,’ she says.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, in many cases quality was not part of the equation, and customers preferred the much better-tasting non-organic varieties.’
    • ‘At Organic Jungle, Patel's chicken and turkey wraps are priced at about $7.50, while other restaurants sell similar, non-organic lunches for a couple dollars cheaper.’
    • ‘While non-organic wheat brings in $2.25 to $2.50 a bushel, organic fetches between $6.50 and $7 a bushel.’
    • ‘Farmers in both the organic and non-organic sectors are making real progress in tackling the environmental issues we all face.’
    • ‘Certified growers need help in tracking down organic seed sources of the varieties they want to grow, and in documenting due diligence in attempting to do so before planting non-organic seed.’
    • ‘What's your system for keeping organic and non-organic produce from getting mixed up?’
    • ‘In addition to his organic crops, Klinge raises non-organic feeder cattle in a small feedlot for Laura's Lean Beef, a natural beef company based in Kentucky.’
    • ‘It saves us a lot of time not having to worry about organic and non-organic product getting mixed up.’
    • ‘In 1998, Consumer Reports published the results of a study that tested 1,000 pounds of organic and non-organic produce.’
    • ‘Eliminate all instant coffee and non-organic tea.’
    • ‘I know they have to do this so it doesn't get mixed up with the non-organic produce, but it is still irritating.’
    • ‘They don't, for instance, use antibiotics, a common practice in non-organic dairy farms.’
    • ‘The fish are stocked at one-third of the density of non-organic fish.’
    • ‘Livestock fed with non-organic feed would ultimately be able to carry the organic label.’