non·​struc·​tur·​al | \ ˌnän-ˈstrək-chə-rəl How to pronounce nonstructural (audio) , -ˈstrək-shrəl \

Definition of nonstructural

1 : not part of a structure : not relating to, affecting, or contributing to the structure of something free-standing panels and other nonstructural elements nonstructural movable parts
2 of a viral protein : expressed in an infected cell but not incorporated into the virion particle nonstructural proteins

Examples of nonstructural in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The biggest and most important part of assuring a future for this region is to supplement structural solutions with nonstructural approaches. Richard Campanella, The Atlantic, "How Humans Sank New Orleans," 6 Feb. 2018 None of that $20 billion is currently allocated toward nonstructural projects. Sara Sneath,, "Map shows possible locations where Louisiana could buy out flood-threatened homes: report," 5 Jan. 2018 The study is aimed at providing nonstructural flood proofing recommendations to property owners for how to defend their land against future flooding. Kate Magill, Howard County Times, "One year after deadly flood, officials hope to defend Ellicott City against destruction in the future," 26 July 2017

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First Known Use of nonstructural

1879, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Nonstructural.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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