non·​prof·​it | \ ˌnän-ˈprä-fət \

Definition of nonprofit

: not conducted or maintained for the purpose of making a profit a nonprofit organization a nonprofit research center

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nonprofit noun

Examples of nonprofit in a Sentence

a nonprofit group that provides care to recovering drug addicts Schools don't pay sales tax on supplies because they have nonprofit status.

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Combating these threats will require a broader understanding of national security, one that includes business and nonprofit leaders as well as military brass. Elisabeth Braw, WSJ, "Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Military-Industrial Complex," 2 Jan. 2019 The world collectively produces almost 300 million tons of plastic each year, and half of that is single-use plastic that’s thrown away after its first use, according to nonprofit Plastic Oceans International. Tabor Wordelman, Teen Vogue, "These Are the Ways Plastics Can Mess Up Your Body," 19 Dec. 2018 The gel was developed by NIH and the Population Council, an international nonprofit focused on reproductive health. Paige Cornwell, The Seattle Times, "More effective than condoms? Seattle-area couples test new birth control for men," 11 Dec. 2018 Reporting for this story was also supported by The European Journalism Centre, a nonprofit media institute based in the Netherlands. Kiana Hayeri, Glamour, "A Look Inside the First All-Female TV News Station In Afghanistan," 11 Dec. 2018 Barbara Pierce Bush, now 37, has pursued a career in the nonprofit sector. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meet the 14 People Who Called George H.W. Bush Grandfather," 6 Dec. 2018 The second allows small businesses and nonprofit companies to claim a non-religious moral conviction to exempt them from the mandate as well. Mattie Quinn, SELF, "Here's What Trump's Final Rules on Birth Control Coverage Mean for You," 13 Nov. 2018 Their support system is also your support system, Meryl Comer, founder of the nonprofit organization WomenAgainstAlzheimer’s, tells SELF. Jacqueline Andriakos, SELF, "How to Provide Quality Care for Someone You Love With Alzheimer’s," 4 Dec. 2018 Despite these realities, Bezos seems to have decided that Seattle’s — and, presumably, the nation’s — homeless populations are best served by the nonprofit and private sectors. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "Jeff Bezos’s philanthropic projects aren’t as generous as they seem," 29 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of nonprofit

1896, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of nonprofit

: not existing or done for the purpose of making a profit


non·​prof·​it | \ ˈnän-ˈprä-fət \

Kids Definition of nonprofit

: not existing or done to make a profit nonprofit organizations

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