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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web For the past decade public health officials, nongovernmental organizations and pharmaceutical companies have carried out mass drug administration programs in communities affected by the worms that cause these diseases. Bradley Van Paridon, Scientific American, 1 June 2023 At a May 11 annual shareholder meeting, Gulden explained the company made the decision to sell and donate Yeezys after speaking with nongovernmental organizations and groups that were harmed by Ye’s comments and actions. Wyatte Grantham-philips, Chicago Tribune, 31 May 2023 Western officials and nongovernmental organizations condemned the act, with some arguing that Uganda’s stigmatization of LGBTQ+ people threatened the health of people with HIV there. Rael Ombuor, Washington Post, 29 May 2023 The group, the International Panel on the Information Environment, has registered as a nongovernmental organization in Zurich at a time when the fight against misinformation has become increasingly mired in a broader erosion of trust in government, news organizations and other public institutions. Steven Lee Myers, New York Times, 24 May 2023 Some of Musk's supporters were less enthused, noting that Yaccarino is coming from a mainstream media organization and worked with the World Economic Forum, a nongovernmental organization that puts on a yearly meeting in Davos, Switzerland, of the world's richest and most influential people. Jason Abbruzzese, NBC News, 12 May 2023 The county has been coordinating with the city, the Department of Homeland Security and nongovernmental organizations. Alfredo Corchado, Dallas News, 12 May 2023 The wastewater produced during deep-sea mining can contain heavy metals that would harm marine food chains, according to the Deep Sea Mining Campaign, an association of nongovernmental organizations and citizens. Yusuf Khan, WSJ, 11 May 2023 Another 2021 study from the European nongovernmental organization Transport & Energy found that just one percent of people in the world produce 50 percent of global aviation emissions. Justin Ray, Robb Report, 9 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1853, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nongovernmental was in 1853

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“Nongovernmental.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jun. 2023.

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