non·​de·​fense | \ ˌnän-di-ˈfen(t)s How to pronounce nondefense (audio) \

Definition of nondefense

: not related to or used for a nation's military defenses nondefense spending nondefense businesses/industries

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The underlying business-investment gauge, new orders for nondefense capital goods excluding aircraft, declined 0.7% in December, the fourth decline since August 2018. Sharon Nunn, WSJ, "Business Investment Falters Amid Growing Global Economic Uncertainty," 21 Feb. 2019 The first phase begins next month when the White House releases the president’s fiscal year 2020 budget, which is expected to propose aggressive cuts to nondefense discretionary spending similar to his first two budget proposals. Kristina Peterson, WSJ, "New White House, Congressional Spending Fights on the Horizon," 16 Feb. 2019 Including nondefense workers, the backlog is almost 700,000, the bureau said. Doug Cameron, WSJ, "Defense Firms Battle Long Wait for Security Clearances," 20 Oct. 2018 Meantime, the president is seeking a 5% reduction in nondefense spending, Mr. Kudlow noted. Kate Davidson, WSJ, "Larry Kudlow Predicts Fed Could Rethink Rate Increases," 7 Dec. 2018 And with a back-scratching deal now in sight to smash spending caps on both defense and nondefense programs (the former demanded by the GOP, the latter by Democrats), a final bargain is now just a matter of time. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Surprise! Congress May Sneak a Debt-Limit Increase Into Its Stopgap Spending Bill," 7 Feb. 2018 The White House’s Office of Management and Budget on Friday directed the department to submit a budget request that would reduce funding for all nondefense offices by 5 percent from what the administration sent to Congress for fiscal 2019. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: White House seeking more clean energy cuts despite congressional opposition," 27 June 2018 His budgets have proposed dramatically slashing nondefense spending. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "Trump Goes on a Spending Diet," 7 June 2018 Within this category, nondefense aircraft and parts orders rose 44.5% on the month, suggesting a strong first quarter of aircraft orders at manufacturer Boeing Co. helped drive the headline figure. Sharon Nunn, WSJ, "Business Investment Stalls in the First Months of 2018," 26 Apr. 2018

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1961, in the meaning defined above

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