non·​sec·​tar·​i·​an ˌnän-(ˌ)sek-ˈter-ē-ən How to pronounce nonsectarian (audio)
: not having a sectarian character : not affiliated with or restricted to a particular religious group

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First Known Use

1831, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonsectarian was in 1831

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“Nonsectarian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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non·​sec·​tar·​i·​an ˌnän-(ˌ)sek-ˈter-ē-ən How to pronounce nonsectarian (audio)
: not having a sectarian character : not restricted to a particular religious group

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