noun, often attributive
non·​bank | \ˌnän-ˈbaŋk \

Definition of nonbank 

: a business that is not an officially established bank but offers many similar services

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nonbanking \ˌnän-​ˈbaŋ-​kiŋ \ adjective

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But nonbanks tend to be more flexible on their underwriting. Christina Rexrode, WSJ, "Retreat of Smaller Lenders Adds to Pressure on Housing," 22 Nov. 2018 Quicken is the first nonbank to become the top retail mortgage lender since the 2008 financial crisis. Jc Reindl, USA TODAY, "How Quicken Loans passed up Wells Fargo to become nation's top mortgage lender," 1 June 2018 Canada has repeatedly tightened rules on banks, only for borrowers to turn to nonbanks. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "To Spot the Next Financial Crisis, Look Who Was Spared by the Last One," 26 Apr. 2018 Many auto lenders, including banks, nonbanks and the finance arms of car manufacturers, have been offering more loans with longer terms. Christina Rexrode, WSJ, "Auto Lenders Ramp Up Risk to Win More Customers," 10 June 2018 Gilbert also disputes claims that nonbanks are under-regulated. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "How Dan Gilbert has made Quicken Loans thrive in mortgage industry," 31 May 2018 Unlike banks, nonbank lenders typically don’t rely on branches or ties to local agents, which are traditional tools for capturing mortgage purchases. Christina Rexrode, WSJ, "Homeowners Ditch Refinancings as Mortgage Rates Rise," 26 Mar. 2018 Loss of market share and profitable sources of income has weakened banks, and consumers are hurt by being driven to more expensive nonbank lenders. William M. Isaac And, WSJ, "Regulators Can Help American Workers Get the Credit They Deserve," 26 Oct. 2017 In sturdy financial systems, nonbanks help fill gaps left by banks. Anjani Trivedi, WSJ, "China’s $20 Trillion Shadow Banking Business Won’t Be Easily Tamed," 17 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of nonbank

1935, in the meaning defined above

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non·​bank | \ˌnän-ˈbaŋk\

Legal Definition of nonbank 

: being, done by, or involving some entity other than a bank nonbank lenders a nonbank depositor

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nonbanking adjective

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