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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.


  • French equivalent to English "no"; Italian equivalent to English "not"; Latin equivalent to either "not" or "no". In French, when used at the end of a sentence, it is an interrogative which asks, "do you agree?"


Used in the sense of non-, to negate the meaning of the word to which it is prefixed.

  • The prefix non- may be joined to a word by means of a hyphen, which is standard in British usage. In many cases, especially in American usage, non-is joined without a hyphen.
  • Unlike un-, non- tends to suggest an absolute negation without the possibility of shades of comparison. For example, more unkind sounds quite natural, but more nonhelpful does not.
  • Meaning "not" in phrases taken from Latin and some other languages, non-is a separate word and is not hyphenated. Examples: non compos mentis, persona non grata.
  • As non- is a living prefix, the list of words having the prefix non- is practically unlimited. It is particularly common in the sciences.
  • Non-may be attached to nouns, verbs, adjectives or adverbs to negate their meaning.

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