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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Synonyms & Antonyms for nonbinding


bad, inoperative, invalid, nonvalid, nugatory, null, null and void, void


binding, good, valid

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The nonbinding resolution guarantees a job, but not necessarily one in government. USA TODAY, "Fact checking Thursday's Democratic debate on climate change, guns and immigration," 28 June 2019 The resolution was nonbinding, but the players got one step closer to victory regardless. Ashley Batz, Glamour, "These 23 Women Are Ready to Win the World Cup—Again," 28 May 2019 Alaska, California, Minnesota and others have gone halfway, creating nonbinding recommendations for drinking water or cleaning up contamination above certain levels without creating a legal standard. Laura Mccrystal,, "Setting clean water standards is the EPA’s job. Pa. and other states are doing it instead.," 6 June 2019 In the past, synods have been talkfests by churchmen who made nonbinding proposals to the pope to consider in a future document. Nicole Winfield, Fox News, "Pope gives bishops more decision-making options," 18 Sep. 2018 Last March, Disney shareholders voted down a nonbinding endorsement of Mr. Iger’s compensation, a rare snub for the company and for a chief executive... Erich Schwartzel, WSJ, "Disney Cuts Compensation for Robert Iger in Fox Deal," 4 Mar. 2019 Kim’s regime, meanwhile, wants President Donald Trump to sign a peace declaration — a nonbinding document that would formally end the Korean War — before Pyongyang makes any concessions. Alex Ward, Vox, "Why North Korea’s latest nuclear concession isn’t one at all," 8 Oct. 2018 At the company’s annual meeting Thursday, the nonbinding resolution on Mr. Iger’s compensation passed with about 57% of shareholder votes. Erich Schwartzel, WSJ, "Disney Shareholders Support Company in Say-on-Pay Vote," 7 Mar. 2019 Venezuelan citizens living in Miami line up last year to vote in a nonbinding referendum against the Venezuelan government. Washington Post, "As Trump tightens asylum rules, thousands of Venezuelans find a warm welcome in Miami," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of nonbinding

1918, in the meaning defined above

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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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