non·​gov·​ern·​men·​tal | \ ˌnän-ˌgə-vər(n)-ˈmen-tᵊl \

Definition of nongovernmental

: not of or relating to government or a particular government : not governmental nongovernmental organizations/groups Many people who are concerned about development are turning to nongovernmental methods of dealing with it.— William H. MacLeish

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Moscow’s attempts to use Interpol to try to track down enemies of the Kremlin, in some cases those who have received refugee status in the West, have prompted calls for change from legal nongovernmental organizations. Thomas Grove, WSJ, "Russian Bid to Head Interpol Fails; Concerns of Abuse Remain," 21 Nov. 2018 She's also spent some time in Albania and has supported nongovernmental organization aimed at combating domestic violence. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Florida House candidate who claims she was abducted by aliens endorsed by major newspaper," 21 Aug. 2018 Some of the accounts belong to political parties and nongovernmental organizations, the task force said. Yantoultra Ngui, WSJ, "Malaysia’s 1MDB Task Force Freezes $270 Million in Bank Accounts," 2 July 2018 In the suit, the plaintiffs also say the city doesn’t have authority to transfer public parkland to a nongovernmental entity such as the Obama Foundation. John Byrne,, "Emanuel says group that sued Obama center organizers doesn't 'understand the 21st century'," 15 May 2018 The nongovernmental organization provides medical and dental assistance to refugees in Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt and Bangladesh, in addition to Jordan. Donna Vickroy, Daily Southtown, "Advocate humanitarian award, scholarship fund spotlight Christ Hospital's medical relief work," 4 July 2018 Reed caught flack for the trip’s overall $90,000 price tag and promised to find nongovernmental funds to pay the $40,000 difference between coach and business-class airfare. J. Scott Trubey, ajc, "Kasim Reed’s South Africa trip probe restarts after concerns about cost," 3 July 2018 The original version included a 25 percent tax on nongovernmental organizations whose funding comes mostly from foreign donors, but that clause was dropped. Washington Post, "World Digest: June 19, 2018," 19 June 2018 It's not known whether a spouse who is a police officer would be considered nongovernmental. Rick Montgomery, kansascity, "Pregnant and scared to return home, Honduran awaits deportation in Platte County jail," 13 June 2018

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1853, in the meaning defined above

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