non·​gov·​ern·​men·​tal | \ ˌnän-ˌgə-vər(n)-ˈmen-tᵊl How to pronounce nongovernmental (audio) \

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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Banca del Vino was conceived by Slow Food, an international nongovernmental organization dedicated to the preservation of heirloom breeds and crops, culinary traditions and the slow, intentional creation of food. Simran Sethi, Washington Post, "Banca del Vino celebrates Italian winemaking by honoring time and place," 13 Sep. 2019 The far-right president responded by suggesting, without evidence, that nongovernmental organizations were responsible for the blazes, supposedly igniting them to embarrass his government. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "Pressure, prayers and protests: Amazon fires push Brazil to the forefront of international conversations," 22 Aug. 2019 Kostya’s portfolio involved distributing sub-grants to a half-dozen or so Russian nongovernmental organizations that were meant to carry on our work after we were gone. Sam Patten, WIRED, "Kostya and Me: How Sam Patten Got Ensnared in Mueller’s Probe," 14 Aug. 2019 At other times, nongovernmental organizations have culled lists of major donors to the opposition to send them threatening letters, an action similar to Representative Castro’s. Jeremy Carl, National Review, "We Need Donor-Privacy Legislation Now," 12 Aug. 2019 Aruanas, named for the fictional nongovernmental organization for which the women work, was written and produced with activists from the environmental group Greenpeace. Washington Post, "In Bolsonaro’s Brazil, woke soap operas are part of the resistance," 31 July 2019 The Awá are some of the most threatened uncontacted Indians in the world, according to a press release from NGO Survival International, a nongovernmental organization that works to protect tribal peoples. Jack Guy, CNN, "Footage shows isolated Amazon tribe threatened by loggers," 23 July 2019 Israel’s regional partnerships have strengthened as transnational nongovernmental organizations wage political and economic warfare against her. Matthew Continetti, National Review, "Benjamin Netanyahu: Israel’s Longest-Serving Prime Minister," 20 July 2019 Even though Hungary is a NATO ally, Orban’s government has pressured nongovernmental organizations, brought most of the news media under control of his allies and upended the electoral process to favor his party. Eric Schmitt,, "Rehearsing for a shadow war against a foe embraced by Trump," 13 July 2019

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1853, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of nongovernmental

: not belonging to or controlled by a government

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