non·​ra·​cial ˌnän-ˈrā-shəl How to pronounce nonracial (audio)
: not of, relating to, or based on race : not racial
nonracial considerations
The struggle is now a nonracial contest over who can provide good government for less—an independent valley or a united city.Joseph Kahn
With apartheid ended …, South Africa at last could be on the road to a nonracial society with equal rights for all citizens.Caspar W. Weinberger
nonracially adverb
nonracially motivated incidents

Examples of nonracial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web However, Assistant State’s Attorney Jason Humpke said during the hearing that the potential jurors were excused for nonracial reasons — one had been previously prosecuted in Lake County on battery charges, and the other two were crime victims. Clifford Ward,, 25 Oct. 2021 The state judge allowed the panel to be seated after defense lawyers stated nonracial reasons for striking most Black jurors from the pool. NBC News, 15 Feb. 2022 The judge said his ability to change the jury’s racial makeup was limited because defense attorneys were able to give nonracial reasons for their decisions to strike the potential Black jurors. Russ Bynum, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Nov. 2021 Walmsley said he was limited in his ability to change the jury's racial makeup because defense attorneys were able to give nonracial reasons for their decisions to strike the potential Black jurors from the panel. Russ Bynum, CBS News, 3 Nov. 2021 The unwillingness of these critics even to consider nonracial explanations for group differences in school discipline rates is also troubling. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, 11 May 2021 In a white-dominant society like America, white people tend to be unaware of their identity and may think of themselves as neutral, as nonracial. Abigail Libers, Scientific American, 1 Oct. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonracial was in 1909

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“Nonracial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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