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Context: I am writing about 'devices not managed by professionals' and debating the subtleties between non-managed devices vs. unmanaged devices

  • Any distinction would be due to the specific jargon for the type of thing you're discussing. – Hot Licks Apr 23 '15 at 17:39
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    Personal opinion here: non-managed devices don't need to be managed. Unmanaged devices are not managed, but maybe not because they don't need to be. – tkendrick20 Apr 23 '15 at 17:40
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    Non-managed is closer in meaning to not managed than is unmanaged. E.g. unmanaged can be used with the specific meaning no longer managed, but non-managed cannot. Also, non-managed by A, though a bit unusual, can be used to express just not managed by A, whereas unmanaged by A connotes some action or decision by A towards not managing. – Hans Adler Apr 23 '15 at 17:43
  • The overlap in meaning is so significant that there would be no conclusive distinction apart from contextual clarification from the author, but in connection to @tkendrick20's comment, unmanaged might be more suitable for connoting a level of negligence. – ScotM Apr 24 '15 at 20:23

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