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

Examples of nonsectarian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Established in 1895, the 65-acre, parklike setting is a splendid example of the 19th-century garden cemetery movement, which favored burials in rural, nonsectarian settings. Walter Nicklin, Washington Post, 16 June 2022 Along with being the first, today the National Business League is the largest nonprofit, nonpartisan and nonsectarian Black business professional and trade association. Scott Talley,, 22 Jan. 2022 Two families from Maine asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to expand taxpayer support for religious schools by requiring a state tuition assistance program to include sectarian as well as nonsectarian institutions. Devin Dwyer, ABC News, 8 Dec. 2021 The tuition case comes from Maine, where state law requires that a government-assistance program can only be used to pay for private education at nonsectarian schools. Brent Kendall, WSJ, 2 July 2021 These free, nonsectarian independent, public schools are open to and welcome all students. Aaliyah Hodge And Joe Nathan, Star Tribune, 21 June 2021 Among its actions Thursday, the Senate gave preliminary approval to a bill that would delete a requirement that a private school be nonsectarian in order to be approved as a school tuition program. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 14 May 2021 In 2010, a nonsectarian hospital in Tucson dissolved a two-year trial merger with a Catholic system a year early, after administrators refused a doctor permission to perform an emergency termination for a patient suffering a miscarriage. Los Angeles Times, 8 May 2020 Prior to the open house, there will be a special kindergarten-only session at 12:15 p.m. Lake Ridge Academy is an independent, nonsectarian day school offering co-educational classes from kindergarten through grade 12. cleveland, 20 Jan. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of nonsectarian

1831, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonsectarian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of nonsectarian

: not limited to a particular religious group

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