non·​sec·​tar·​i·​an | \ ˌnän-(ˌ)sek-ˈter-ē-ən How to pronounce nonsectarian (audio) \

Definition of nonsectarian

: not having a sectarian character : not affiliated with or restricted to a particular religious group

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Sadr presents himself as a nonsectarian nationalist opposed to both the United States’ and Iran’s influence in his country. Reuters, Washington Post, "UPDATE 2-Iraqi PM Abadi and cleric Sadr announce political alliance," 23 June 2018 First, this election reaffirmed that — despite years of stereotyping to the contrary — many Iraqis are comfortable voting for alliances headed by candidates of different ethno-sectarian communities or for nonsectarian platforms. Zaid Al-ali, Washington Post, "Why Iraq’s surprising election doesn’t signal major changes," 16 May 2018 Moving forward, these findings predict an uphill battle for nonsectarian civil society groups. Amanda Rizkallah, Washington Post, "What can we learn from Lebanon’s elections?," 11 May 2018 Mount Peace was established in 1900 as a private, nonsectarian option for African Americans. Melanie Burney,, "South Jersey cemetery for black Civil War veterans has fallen into disrepair; historic site is on endangered list," 4 May 2018 The circumstances were uniquely favorable for such moderate center-right parties, which claimed a religious, though nonsectarian, inspiration., "Europe forgot what 'conservative' means," 22 Mar. 2018 The Rotary's four-way test's profound and nonsectarian questions had to be incorporated into the speeches. Maria Shine Stewart,, "Cheering for our winners and all who tried: Sun Messages," 9 Mar. 2018 The university, a private nonsectarian research institution, has been careful in clarifying that this chair is not intended to proselytize on atheism’s behalf. Isabel Fattal, The Atlantic, "How Should Atheism Be Taught?," 31 Jan. 2018 While cemeteries fought the eviction order, Laurel Hill Cemetery Association established nonsectarian Cypress Lawn in 1892, the Odd Fellows acquired property for Greenlawn in 1903, and the Masons laid a cornerstone for Woodlawn Cemetery in 1904. Shirley Burgett, The Mercury News, "Matters Historical: How dead San Franciscans were moved to Colma," 16 May 2017

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1831, in the meaning defined above

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: not limited to a particular religious group

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