Jada Chang
What's the difference between native and indigenous? or nonnative and nonindigenous?
Oct 22, 2008 9:50 AM
Answers · 2
Hi Wendy No difference. Both of the other words should be hyphenated - non-native and non-indigenous, although you could use other words, such as 'alien' or 'foreign', depending on context.
October 22, 2008
I agree,there's no difference.Perhaps the distinction between these two words is that "native"pertains to origin of birth in one place eg. i am a native of Davao,Philippines. On the other hand,the word "indigenous"is commonly used to describe a social standing of the people.Those who are needy;destitute of means of comfortable subsistence in life.
October 22, 2008
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