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

Example Sentences

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, 9 Dec. 2019 One said that he was prevented from speaking with Kashmiri nonpoliticians. Joanna Slater, Washington Post, 5 Oct. 2019 The nonpolitician Marianne Williamson was delightfully unshy, sincere and, until her daffy closing statement, sympathetic. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, 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,, 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, 15 June 2018 Plutarch makes for easier reading than Thucydides, but both have much to teach politicians and nonpoliticians alike about resolving conflict. WSJ, 10 Sep. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1840, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonpolitician was in 1840

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Cite this Entry

“Nonpolitician.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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