non·​chem·​i·​cal | \ ˌnän-ˈke-mi-kəl How to pronounce nonchemical (audio) \

Definition of nonchemical

: not chemical nonchemical methods nonchemical facial treatments nonchemical pest control

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Recent Examples on the Web In the past two weeks, various law enforcement agencies have used many non-projectile and nonchemical tools, including batons, helicopters, riot shields and even horses, to attempt to control unrest. Anchorage Daily News, "A guide to the less-lethal weapons that law enforcement uses against protesters," 7 June 2020 There’s no quick method to get rid of a bedbug infestation, but chemical and nonchemical methods are effective - along with patience, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Lateshia Beachum, Anchorage Daily News, "Somebody released bedbugs inside a Walmart. Pennsylvania authorities want to know who - and why.," 6 Jan. 2020 All very innocent — moving lawn furniture a block down the street, soaping windows, leaving stink bombs on porches (homemade, nonchemical, nonexplosive types) and moving outhouses. John Kelly, Washington Post, "We celebrate Halloween. But old-timers remember Beggar’s Night on Oct. 30.," 30 Oct. 2019 More recent attacks have involved both chlorine, which has nonchemical uses and is easier to acquire, and the more sophisticated chemical sarin, the officials said., "U.S. Says Syria May Be Making New Types of Chemical Weapons," 1 Feb. 2018 After his own failed experiment with psychiatric meds, author Johann Hari went on a journey across the world — and found that people using all sorts of nonchemical alternatives to antidepressants, from making new friends to buying a cow. Susie Neilson, The Cut, "10 Days of Eating Fat, for My Mental Health," 26 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of nonchemical

1847, in the meaning defined above

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18 Jun 2020

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“Nonchemical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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