non-es·​tab·​lish·​ment ˌnän-i-ˈsta-blish-mənt How to pronounce non-establishment (audio)
or less commonly non-Establishment : ordinary citizens considered as group distinct from the establishment or ruling class
This campaign was not right versus left but rather establishment versus non-establishmentAshby Foote
often used before another noun
non-establishment candidates
: failure or refusal to establish something
… the non-establishment of professional leagues to allow women to play sport full-time and professionally …Cheryl Roberts

Examples of non-establishment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Analysts also say that even if a non-establishment candidate were to win the presidency, she or he still would be forced to negotiate with a congress that is riddled with corruption. Soudi Jiménez, Los Angeles Times, 23 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1764, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of non-establishment was in 1764

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“Non-establishment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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