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, 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 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, 27 Oct. 2020 Reagan did propose cuts to federal nondefense discretionary spending. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, 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, 31 Dec. 2019

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1961, in the meaning defined above

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“Nondefense.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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