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 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, "Column: Sick of religious limits on care, a hospital seeks to end partnership with Catholic system," 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, "Lake Ridge Academy in North Ridgeville offers new, need-based tuition; open house on Jan. 26," 20 Jan. 2020 As discontent with the country's sectarian leaders brewed in recent years, multiple nonsectarian groups have cropped up on the political landscape. Tamara Qiblawi, CNN, "Lebanon is at a crossroads between a new start or a return to unrest," 26 Oct. 2019 In Lebanon's 2018 parliamentary elections, a coalition of nonsectarian activists known as Kolouna Watani also burst onto the elections' scene. Tamara Qiblawi, CNN, "Lebanon is at a crossroads between a new start or a return to unrest," 26 Oct. 2019 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'nonsectarian.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of nonsectarian

1831, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about nonsectarian

Time Traveler for nonsectarian

Time Traveler

The first known use of nonsectarian was in 1831

See more words from the same year

Statistics for nonsectarian

Cite this Entry

“Nonsectarian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for nonsectarian


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

More from Merriam-Webster on nonsectarian

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for nonsectarian

Nglish: Translation of nonsectarian for Spanish Speakers

Comments on nonsectarian

What made you want to look up nonsectarian? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Here Be Dragons: A Creature Identification Quiz

  • monster werewolf photo
  • Which is a synonym of werewolf?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!