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

Examples of nondefense in a Sentence

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 See all Example Sentences for nondefense 

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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 21 Jul. 2024.

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