non·​mil·​i·​tary ˌnän-ˈmi-lə-ˌter-ē How to pronounce nonmilitary (audio)
: not military
nonmilitary personnel
a nonmilitary approach to international relations

Examples of nonmilitary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web American assistance would include about $11 billion in nonmilitary funding. Marc Santora, New York Times, 8 Feb. 2024 Trump also imposed additional sanctions on Iran’s economy, a go-to nonmilitary tactic for many recent administrations. Bryan Pietsch, Washington Post, 1 Feb. 2024 The Houthis have also helped Iran with its nonmilitary needs. Mohammad Ayatollahi Tabaar, Foreign Affairs, 29 Jan. 2024 As a consequence, the workforce in other regions and civilian manufacturing have been dislocated by workers seeking high wages, exacerbating labor shortages in nonmilitary production and pushing salaries and costs up. Alexandra Prokopenko, Foreign Affairs, 8 Jan. 2024 Foreign aid is also directed at nonmilitary outlays, such as education and health care, but a reduction in these funds would require Ukraine to cut its own military expenditures to cover civilian needs. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, 7 Dec. 2023 Hamas had earlier asked for a five-day pause to release nonmilitary hostages. Karen Deyoung, Washington Post, 10 Nov. 2023 From the 1980s to the 2000s, McDowell says, the balance was split roughly evenly among military, nonmilitary government and commercial. Jaime Green, New York Times, 5 Nov. 2023 These countries transfer weapons and ammunition directly to the Ukrainian army, while financial aid is directed to nonmilitary spending. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, 4 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1843, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonmilitary was in 1843

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“Nonmilitary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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