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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Brandeis is a private, nonsectarian university that was founded on Jewish values., "New England news in brief," 22 Aug. 2019 In the 2010 parliamentary elections, one of Maliki’s rivals, boasting a nonsectarian base of support, won the most seats, though not a majority. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's magazine, "No Joe!," 10 June 2019 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

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1831, in the meaning defined above

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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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