non·​res·​i·​den·​tial | \ ˌnän-ˌre-zə-ˈden(t)-shəl How to pronounce nonresidential (audio) , -ˌrez-ˈden(t)- \

Definition of nonresidential

: not residential: such as
a : not used as a residence or by residents nonresidential buildings
b : not restricted to or occupied by residences a nonresidential neighborhood
c : not provided to patients residing in a facility a nonresidential treatment program

Examples of nonresidential in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Through the first 10 months of 2020, nonresidential construction activity in North Texas has fallen 14% from the same period last year because of a decline in new office, hotel and retail starts. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "North Texas commercial property market sees slow rebound from pandemic," 28 Dec. 2020 Nationwide, construction starts dipped by 10%, with the biggest decline in nonresidential building, which fell 24% for the year. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Housing starts kept Dallas-Fort Worth as one of nation’s top building markets in 2020," 28 Jan. 2021 With more stores unoccupied, nonresidential burglaries rose 38 percent. Eve Sneider, Wired, "Faster Vaccinations, New Mutations, and More Coronavirus News," 15 Jan. 2021 Nonmedical first responders, law enforcement, firefighters, child and youth services, shelters, nonresidential social services for the elderly and people with disabilities, and justice and safety activities. Los Angeles Times, "Next in line for California’s COVID-19 vaccine? Teachers and first responders, panel says," 17 Dec. 2020 Household gatherings would be much safer if officials put stricter limits on commercial and nonresidential activities. Rasha Aridi, Smithsonian Magazine, "Are Small Gatherings Fueling the Covid-19 Pandemic? Policymakers and Scientists Are at Odds," 25 Nov. 2020 So far this year, though, residential construction is down nearly 20%, less than half the decline for nonresidential projects. Jim Buchta, Star Tribune, "Twin Cities homebuilders see busiest September in 15 years," 30 Sep. 2020 Other nonresidential projects that haven’t lined up their debt and equity are on the bubble. Dallas News, "More pandemic fallout: Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas losing construction jobs, despite housing boom," 1 Sep. 2020 Fine said nonresidential access to Foothills Park has been a longtime issue in Palo Alto. Vanessa Arredondo,, "Dogged by a lawsuit, Palo Alto City Council votes to open exclusive park to the public," 3 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of nonresidential

1898, in the meaning defined above

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23 Feb 2021

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“Nonresidential.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of nonresidential

: not made for people to live in
British, of an activity, class, etc. : not including or providing a place for people to live

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