non·​de·​fense ˌnän-di-ˈfen(t)s How to pronounce nondefense (audio)
: not related to or used for a nation's military defenses
nondefense spending
nondefense businesses/industries

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web That means, for the most part, cuts to what wonks call the nondefense discretionary budget—domestic spending, in other words—which accounts for about $750 billion of the roughly $6 trillion federal budget. Michael Tomasky, The New Republic, 30 Jan. 2023 But nondefense discretionary spending has been bloated by the pandemic, and much of what had been discretionary spending is now mandatory because of legislative action by Democrats in Congress. Phil Gramm, WSJ, 7 Dec. 2022 The Commerce Department on Wednesday said that orders for nondefense capital goods, excluding aircraft—which economists use as a proxy for capital spending—rose just 0.3% in April from a month earlier, after growing by 1.1% the previous month. Justin Lahart, WSJ, 25 May 2022 Orders for nondefense capital goods excluding aircraft, another measure for business investment, are near the highest levels for records tracing back to the 1990s, separate Commerce Department figures show. Sarah Chaney Cambon, WSJ, 27 June 2021 Despite the unexpected decline, the April report also contained hopeful signs: A category that tracks business investment — orders for nondefense capital goods excluding aircraft — increased 2.3% last month on top of a 1.6% gain in March. Paul Wiseman, Star Tribune, 27 May 2021 Orders for nondefense capital goods excluding aircraft—also known as core capital goods, a proxy for business investment—increased 2.3% in April. Amara Omeokwe, WSJ, 27 May 2021 Orders for nondefense capital goods excluding aircraft, seen as a gauge of the direction of companies’ capital spending, slipped 0.8% in the first decline since April of last year. Justin Lahart, WSJ, 24 Mar. 2021 Orders for nondefense capital goods excluding aircraft, a key category seen as a proxy for business investment spending, rose 1% in September after bigger gains in July and August. Martin Crutsinger, Star Tribune, 27 Oct. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1961, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nondefense was in 1961

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“Nondefense.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

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