non·​bind·​ing | \ ˌnän-ˈbīn-diŋ How to pronounce nonbinding (audio) \

Definition of nonbinding

: having no legal or binding force : not binding a nonbinding agreement

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Recent Examples on the Web Those party members voted to expel U.S. troops in January in a nonbinding resolution after the drone strike that killed Iranian Revolutionary Guard Quds Force leader Qassem Soleimani. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, "As US negotiates with Iraq on troop presence, a Trump campaign promise lingers," 15 June 2020 In January, the commission voted 3-2 not to put the question of future refugee resettlement before voters in the form of a nonbinding straw poll. USA TODAY, "‘Bag Full of Drugs,’ kiwiberries, retiring bulldog: News from around our 50 states," 6 Feb. 2020 Supporters of a second referendum got another gift on Tuesday, when an advocate general on the European Court of Justice issued a nonbinding opinion that the UK can unilaterally decide to undo Brexit, without EU member states weighing in. Jen Kirby, Vox, "UK Parliament just dealt a blow to Theresa May. What’s next for Brexit?," 6 Dec. 2018 On Monday, the council passed a nonbinding resolution 11-1 in favor of the request. USA TODAY, "Bagpipe-blowing fire chief, Bruce Springsteen-Jon Bon Jovi benefit, chickens go to waste: News from around our 50 states," 15 Apr. 2020 So far, the strategy has paid off in Jefferson, Fayette and Effingham counties, which during the state’s March primaries voted more than 70% in a nonbinding referendum in favor of secession. Logan Jaffe, ProPublica, "Rural Counties Consider an Alternative Type of Social Distancing — Kicking Chicago Out of Illinois," 3 Apr. 2020 The measure was nonbinding but drew attention as an important statement in an evolving national debate over reparations for slavery. Nick Anderson, Washington Post, "New website shows genealogy of descendants of slaves sold to benefit Georgetown," 19 June 2019 At the company’s annual meeting Wednesday, the nonbinding resolution on executive compensation, including Mr. Iger’s $47.5 million package, passed with about 53% of shareholder votes. R.t. Watson, WSJ, "Disney Shareholders Approve Executive Compensation by Narrow Margin," 11 Mar. 2020 On Sunday, the Iraqi Parliament approved a nonbinding resolution demanding that the US military pull out of the country. Michael Birnbaum,, "Europeans shift troops from Iraq, warn fight against Islamic State is imperiled because of U.S. actions," 7 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of nonbinding

1918, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonbinding was in 1918

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“Nonbinding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of nonbinding

law : not officially requiring that you do something : not able to be enforced by law


non·​bind·​ing | \ ˌnän-ˈbīn-diŋ \

Legal Definition of nonbinding

: not binding a nonbinding referendum

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