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 Its government has previously expelled humanitarian aid workers, nongovernmental organizations, human rights organizations and even UN officials. Jacob Kushner Special Correspondent, Los Angeles Times, "As Ethiopia descends into civil war, civilians by the thousands begin to stream out," 16 Nov. 2020 According to my research, more than two-thirds of members in the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization, a nongovernmental organization composed of autonomy-minded minority groups like the Kurds, have alleged genocide. Brian Grodsky, The Conversation, "Genocide claims in Nagorno-Karabakh make peace between Armenia and Azerbaijan unlikely, despite cease-fire," 13 Nov. 2020 The platform, hosted by Ecotrust Canada, is intended to help officials, nongovernmental organizations and others track and sanction high-risk vessels. Joshua Rapp Learn, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Number of Small Fishing Vessels Smuggling Illegal Drugs Has Tripled," 12 Nov. 2020 This welcome step will help ensure that key data and deliberations are public and that input from nongovernmental experts and the public is considered. Luciana Borio, STAT, "A vaccine alone won’t stop Covid-19. We also need a trusted plan for it," 17 Sep. 2020 Darmanin even proposed dissolving the Collective Against Islamophobia in France, a nongovernmental organization that monitors attacks against Muslims. NBC News, "France has long embraced secularism. After beheading, will it be used to oppress?," 22 Oct. 2020 Third, a major restoration project may stretch over five to 10 years and involve water agencies, county governments, the Forest Service, nongovernmental organizations, state agencies and the University of California. Popular Science, "Healthy forests do more than just prevent wildfires," 19 Oct. 2020 The new policy was challenged by two sets of plaintiffs, one a group of state and local governments and the United States Conference of Mayors, and the second a coalition of advocacy groups and other nongovernmental organizations. Adam Liptak, New York Times, "Supreme Court Will Review Trump’s Plan to Exclude Undocumented Immigrants in Redistricting," 16 Oct. 2020 Now that it’s been submitted, the report will be considered by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), a nongovernmental organization that makes public policy recommendations on the use of licensed vaccines to the CDC. Sarah Elizabeth Richards, National Geographic, "Who will get the vaccine first? Here's where you might land in line.," 14 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of nongovernmental

1853, in the meaning defined above

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“Nongovernmental.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of nongovernmental

: not belonging to or controlled by a government

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