non·​bind·​ing ˌnän-ˈbīn-diŋ How to pronounce nonbinding (audio)
: having no legal or binding force : not binding
a nonbinding agreement

Examples of nonbinding in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The change will mean shareholders can vote (on a nonbinding basis) on executive compensation packages annually. Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Mar. 2023 This feeling of self-reliance is so ingrained that in 1994, Catron’s county commissioners voted unanimously to pass a nonbinding resolution that stipulated every household should have a gun. Brandon Kapelow, Time, 13 Oct. 2022 Abbott issued his order on the heels of a nonbinding opinion from Attorney General Ken Paxton, who interpreted the state’s child abuse law to include certain types of gender-affirming medical treatments for minors. Dallas News, 13 Mar. 2022 Earlier, in the March GOP primary, 81% of voters agreed with a nonbinding proposition that no Democrats should be named, Rinaldi noted. Dallas News, 12 Jan. 2023 The executive committee of the Texas Republican Party unanimously passed a nonbinding vote of no-confidence in Ms. McDaniel, and the Arizona G.O.P. publicly called on her to resign. Ken Bensinger, New York Times, 28 Dec. 2022 But Western nations are lobbying other regions in an effort to achieve an overwhelming majority vote on a nonbinding statement to condemn and isolate Russia. William Mauldin, WSJ, 10 Oct. 2022 Peskov ruled out the payment of reparations to Ukraine, calling this an effort to rob Russia’s foreign currency and gold reserves, after a nonbinding U.N. General Assembly vote Monday calling on Russia to compensate Ukraine for war damage. David L. Stern, Washington Post, 15 Nov. 2022 Intel acknowledged the extraordinary compensation triggered hard questions from its investors – who denounced Gelsinger’s incentives in a nonbinding vote last spring. oregonlive, 14 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1918, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonbinding was in 1918

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“Nonbinding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

Legal Definition


: not binding
a nonbinding referendum
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