nonpracticing

adjective

non·​prac·​tic·​ing ˌnän-ˈprak-tə-siŋ How to pronounce nonpracticing (audio)
: not actively engaged in a specified career, religion, or way of life : not practicing
a nonpracticing physician
a nonpracticing Jew

Examples of nonpracticing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Interestingly, NDEs are no more likely to occur in devout believers than in secular or nonpracticing subjects. Christof Koch, Scientific American, 19 May 2020 Growing up in Illinois in a nonpracticing Christian family, Markum says, the existence of God was assumed. Astrid Rodrigues, Philly.com, 26 Feb. 2018 Despite having been raised a nonpracticing Christian, my visit to the nunnery, which had felt like a journey to a lost world, had moved me deeply. Gisela Williams, Smithsonian, 26 Sep. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1868, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonpracticing was in 1868

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“Nonpracticing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nonpracticing. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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