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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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "September factory orders up 1.9%, economists see risks ahead," 27 Oct. 2020 Details of the report were strong, including a 1% increase in nondefense capital-goods orders excluding aircraft, which economists use as a proxy for capital equipment demand. ... Justin Lahart, WSJ, "Factories Hum to Keep Up With Auto, Housing Demand," 27 Oct. 2020 Reagan did propose cuts to federal nondefense discretionary spending. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "Republican deficit hawks come off endangered species list," 31 July 2020 Orders for nondefense capital goods excluding aircraft, a key metric for tracking investment, grew 0.1% in November from October, according to the Commerce Department. Mark Maurer, WSJ, "CFOs’ Concerns About the Economy, Talent Shortage Seep Into 2020," 31 Dec. 2019 By raising spending caps for the military and nondefense programs for the next two years, the White House and Pelosi have effectively erased key remnants of the 2011 Budget Control Act, which was supposed to constrain spending for a decade. Washington Post, "Trump announces support for two-year bipartisan budget deal that boosts spending, suspends debt limit," 22 July 2019 The rare bipartisan agreement dispatched $300 billion in new spending over this year and next for military and nondefense programs, plus $90 billion in disaster aid. Lisa Mascaro,, "Bipartisan budget deal ends brief shutdown, but launches fight over immigration and the deficit," 9 Feb. 2018 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

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First Known Use of nondefense

1961, in the meaning defined above

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8 Nov 2020

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“Nondefense.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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