non·​gov·​ern·​ment | \ ˌnän-ˈgə-vər(n)-mənt How to pronounce nongovernment (audio) , -və-mənt; -ˈgə-bᵊm-ənt, -vᵊm- \

Definition of nongovernment

: not belonging to or affiliated with the government nongovernment jobs a nongovernment organization

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Recent Examples on the Web And the $242 rate was probably less than what Trump's District of Columbia hotel might have gotten from a nongovernment customer in Washington. Anchorage Daily News, "Secret Service paid Trump’s D.C. hotel more than $33,000 for lodging to guard Mnuchin in 2017," 1 May 2020 Though most are constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, others are built and operated by nongovernment entities. USA Today, "Coronavirus hospitals in the field: How the Army Corps of Engineers fights COVID-19 with tents," 16 Apr. 2020 Katie Fiorillo — a volunteer from Pennsylvania — had settled into her life working with a Ugandan nongovernment organization for almost two years, forming a farmers’ cooperative and helping residents with things like irrigation. NBC News, "Evacuations leave Peace Corps volunteers in limbo back home," 27 Mar. 2020 Now, nongovernment analysts who are tracking the regulations say the first installment, which is expected soon, will focus on just a handful. Arkansas Online, "As trade settles, U.S., China veering on tech," 28 Dec. 2019 Here, the local arm of the Catholic charity Caritas, working with other nongovernment organizations, has helped with mapping and protecting the borders of the territory and with providing technical support for fish farming and agroforestry. Andrew J. Wight, NBC News, "After fires ravaged the Amazon, faith leaders join indigenous people in land conservation fight," 9 Sep. 2019 But nongovernment groups claim a much higher death toll, including many suspects killed by motorcycle-riding gunmen human rights groups suspect were financed by police officers. Jim Gomez,, "Amnesty seeks international probe to end Philippine killings," 8 July 2019 The Transitional Justice Working Group is a nongovernment organization founded by human rights advocates and researchers from South Korea and four other countries. Washington Post, "Human rights group locates North Korean execution sites," 11 June 2019 The study from the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation is the first nongovernment effort to measure the successes and shortcomings of changes to the hostage recovery process enacted by the Obama administration and left in place by President Trump. Eric Tucker,, "Report: US must communicate better with hostage families," 24 June 2019

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1839, in the meaning defined above

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“Nongovernment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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