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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Recent Examples on the Web Walmart, the second-largest nongovernmental employer in Arizona, is planning to host nationwide hiring events on Nov. 3 and 4 focusing on distribution jobs. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, 31 Oct. 2021 After the Americans leave, what will happen to Afghan artists and performers, cultural workers and nongovernmental organization staffers engaged with heritage, traditional crafts and preservation? Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 7 Sep. 2021 According to advocates, however, as many as 265,000 Afghans and their families may have had some form of eligibility to apply for a U.S. visa because of their work with U.S. governmental and nongovernmental organizations during the past two decades. NBC News, 1 Sep. 2021 Hu said the group has a list of 200 to 300 individuals who have worked for Western nongovernmental and media organizations. Jeremy Herb, CNN, 20 Aug. 2021 In California, for instance, almost all nongovernmental homeless services are provided by nonprofits, and few knowledgeable Californians would claim that homelessness is a problem their state has under control. Marc Joffe, National Review, 19 Aug. 2021 Harris is slated to tour a Customs and Border Protection facility, meet with nongovernmental organization representatives and other advocates and deliver remarks. Rick Klein, ABC News, 10 Aug. 2021 The policy falls closely in line with those issued by other major research funders, including the nonprofit Wellcome Trust—one of the world’s largest nongovernmental funding bodies—and the European Research Council. Cathleen O’grady, Science | AAAS, 6 Aug. 2021 Once thought to be extinct in the wild, the black-footed ferret has returned to its native habitat through reintroduction efforts facilitated by state, federal, tribal and nongovernmental wildlife conservation partners. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 5 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of nongovernmental

1853, in the meaning defined above

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“Nongovernmental.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of nongovernmental

: not belonging to or controlled by a government

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