nondefense

adjective
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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Amanda Hallberg Greenwell, head of the Public and Legislative Affairs office at the NSF, said the cuts were in line with President Trump's request to reduce, across all federal agencies, nondefense spending by 5 percent. oregonlive, "Trump budget slashes science; here’s what would be lost," 19 Mar. 2019 The need to borrow more money has been aggravated by several bipartisan budget agreements to raise military and nondefense domestic discretionary spending. Emily Cochrane, New York Times, "Budget Deficit on Path to Surpass $1 Trillion Under Trump," 21 Aug. 2019 The need to borrow more money has been aggravated by several bipartisan budget agreements to raise military and nondefense domestic discretionary spending. Emily Cochrane, BostonGlobe.com, "Deficit will reach $1 trillion next year, budget office predicts," 21 Aug. 2019 The higher deficit projections come mostly from recent legislation to lift the nation's debt limit and reverse scheduled 10% cuts to defense and nondefense programs. CBS News, "Federal budget deficit will top $1 trillion next year, government watchdog says," 21 Aug. 2019 When excluding the transportation category, orders grew at a 0.3% pace in May. An underlying business-investment gauge, new orders for nondefense capital goods excluding aircraft, increased 0.4% from April. Sarah Chaney, WSJ, "Boeing Just One Factor Behind Drop in Durable-Goods Orders in May," 26 June 2019 Democrats want the White House to agree to increase spending levels for defense and nondefense programs over the next two years. Damian Paletta, BostonGlobe.com, "White House presses for fall-back plan on debt ceiling if budget talks fall through," 15 July 2019 And if the outlook for defense spending is increased, the Democratic House majority will insist that the nondefense discretionary spending should rise to match its trajectory. . . WSJ, "Four Decades of Economic Wisdom From Martin Feldstein," 12 June 2019 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

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1961, in the meaning defined above

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