non·​doc·​tri·​naire ˌnän-ˌdäk-trə-ˈner How to pronounce nondoctrinaire (audio)
: not doctrinaire : not rigidly devoted to any particular doctrine or theory
He was well into his twenties before he began evolving into the nondoctrinaire but fiercely convinced socialist he became and remained throughout his life.Nicholas von Hoffman

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Word History

First Known Use

1906, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nondoctrinaire was in 1906

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“Nondoctrinaire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

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