non·​in·​stru·​men·​tal ˌnän-ˌin(t)-strə-ˈmen-tᵊl How to pronounce noninstrumental (audio)
: not instrumental: such as
: not serving as a crucial means, agent, or tool
: not relating to or done with an instrument or tool
noninstrumental navigation
: not relating to, composed for, or performed on musical instruments
noninstrumental choral music

Word History

First Known Use

1847, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of noninstrumental was in 1847

Dictionary Entries Near noninstrumental

Cite this Entry

“Noninstrumental.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2023.

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