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nonfiction

[non-fik-shuh n] /nɒnˈfɪk ʃən/
noun
1.
the branch of literature comprising works of narrative prose dealing with or offering opinions or conjectures upon facts and reality, including biography, history, and the essay (opposed to fiction and distinguished from poetry and drama).
2.
works of this class:
She had read all of his novels but none of his nonfiction.
3.
(especially in cataloging books, as in a library or bookstore) all writing or books not fiction, poetry, or drama, including nonfictive narrative prose and reference works; the broadest category of written works.
Origin
1905-1910
1905-10; non- + fiction
Related forms
nonfictional, adjective
nonfictionally, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for non-fiction

nonfiction

/ˌnɒnˈfɪkʃən/
noun
1.
writing dealing with facts and events rather than imaginative narration
2.
(modifier) relating to or denoting nonfiction
Derived Forms
nonfictional, adjective
nonfictionally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for non-fiction
adj.

also nonfiction, 1909 (non-fictional is from 1903), from non- + fiction.

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