non·​pol·​i·​ti·​cian | \ ˌnän-ˌpä-lə-ˈti-shən How to pronounce nonpolitician (audio) \
plural nonpoliticians

Definition of nonpolitician

: someone who is not a politician Perot's status as a nonpolitician was tremendously appealing to these voters. They saw him as a man of action—which politicians, almost by definition, are not.— Guy Molyneux and William Schneider

Examples of nonpolitician in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The French president sold himself to voters as a nonpolitician, but that credential has come back to haunt him. Adam Nossiter, New York Times, "With France in Uproar Over Pensions, Macron May Need One Early," 9 Dec. 2019 One said that he was prevented from speaking with Kashmiri nonpoliticians. Joanna Slater, Washington Post, "U.S. senator blocked from visiting Kashmir as crackdown enters third month," 5 Oct. 2019 The nonpolitician Marianne Williamson was delightfully unshy, sincere and, until her daffy closing statement, sympathetic. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, "The 2020 Democrats Lack Hindsight," 28 June 2019 Last week, Trump described the lawsuit as a political attack by New York Democrats, although the current New York attorney general, Underwood, is a nonpolitician who was appointed to her post. David A. Fahrenthold,, "The four times Trump signed tax returns for his foundation that contained incorrect information," 22 June 2018 Blair is the only nonpolitician among the six Democrats vying to succeed longtime County Executive Isiah Leggett, who is retiring after three terms. Jennifer Barrios, Washington Post, "Union-funded group airs attack ad against David Blair in Montgomery," 15 June 2018 Plutarch makes for easier reading than Thucydides, but both have much to teach politicians and nonpoliticians alike about resolving conflict. WSJ, "As a Political Guide, It’s Hard to Beat Thucydides," 10 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of nonpolitician

1840, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonpolitician.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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