non·​mil·​i·​tant ˌnän-ˈmi-lə-tənt How to pronounce nonmilitant (audio)
: not militant: such as
: not engaged in warfare or combat
nonmilitant occupants of the war zone
: not aggressively active (as in a cause)
took a nonmilitant approach to the dispute
nonmilitant noun
plural nonmilitants
… examples of the numerous nonmilitants who have lost their lives in drone operations … Mahvish Ahmad

Examples of nonmilitant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The grisly incident highlighted a dangerous streak of radicalization that is spreading among ordinary, lower-income and nonmilitant Muslims, according to observers in Pakistan. Washington Post, 24 Dec. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1829, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonmilitant was in 1829

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“Nonmilitant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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