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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People from more than 30 nations were aboard, many of whom worked at the United Nations or humanitarian nongovernmental organizations that shuttle between Addis Ababa, home of the African Union headquarters,... Matina Stevis-gridneff, WSJ, "Ethiopian Airlines Passengers Included Humanitarians and a Nigerian Literary Star," 11 Mar. 2019 Gorilla Doctors, a nongovernmental group, has trained veterinary staff in each of the countries where the mountain gorillas live. Christina Larson, The Seattle Times, "Rare conservation win: Mountain gorilla population ticks up," 14 Nov. 2018 Shaninka's troubles follow a string of regulations passed in Russia in recent years that restrict the work of nongovernmental groups and media that receive foreign funding. Maria Danilova, Fox News, "Crackdown feared as Russian grad school faces govt penalty," 22 July 2018 Without a federal process, it will be left to attorneys from nongovernmental groups to piece together clues that might help connect children with their families, Young said in a conference call with reporters. Mary Jo Pitzl, azcentral, "Family separations have stopped, but how will children and parents be reunited?," 21 June 2018 According to several nongovernmental groups, only about 600 cafes open in Tunisia during Ramadan. Lilia Blaise, New York Times, "For Some in Tunisia, Ramadan Is a Test of Personal Freedom," 13 June 2018 Breysse spoke at a panel that also included the only presentation by a member of a nongovernmental group advocating for clean water. Gregory Wallace, CNN, "Who else wasn't at the EPA chemical meeting? The victims," 26 May 2018 In August, the U.S. cut or delayed $290 million in military and economic assistance to Egypt in response to harsh restrictions on civic and other nongovernmental groups. Alexandra Zavis,, "In Egypt's election, the president's victory is assured. The question is what happens next?," 24 Mar. 2018 South Africa has a stash of more than 30 tons of horn, some of it intercepted from the black market, according to the Private Rhino Owners Association, a nongovernmental group in South Africa. Rachel Nuwer, Newsweek, "Legal Trade in Rhinoceros Horns Could Save the Species From Extinction—Or Hasten Their Demise.," 21 Nov. 2016

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First Known Use of nongovernmental

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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