non·​tech·​ni·​cal ˌnän-ˈtek-ni-kəl How to pronounce nontechnical (audio)
: not technical: such as
: not related to technique or technical skills or subjects
Most of the criticism focused on nontechnical aspects of care—not whether the diagnosis or surgery was correct but on the overall experience of the patient. Tara Lagu
: not being or using technical or specialized terminology
The doctor explained the effects of the disease in nontechnical terms.
Most of the writing in this book is nontechnical, meaning that it can be understood by the 99.7 percent of the public who are trained in neither science nor engineering. Timothy Ferris
: not having or requiring technical or specialized knowledge or skills
I believe that e-books should be targeted at nontechnical users, but I can't imagine my mother-in-law reading her romance novels on one. Paul MacFarlane
nontechnically adverb
describing the problem clearly and nontechnically

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Being able to approach a problem from multiple perspectives and having the ability to communicate with nontechnical staff are important skills as well. Nicole Janssen, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2022 The collaborative emphasis on cybersecurity is evident across companies in healthcare and financial services where executives in a range of roles, technical and nontechnical alike, are now on the front lines of securing networks and data. Steven Rosenbush, WSJ, 17 Oct. 2022 Mountaineers flock to Mount Adams’s South Climb, a nontechnical 12-mile round-trip assault. Benjamin Tepler, Outside Online, 23 Apr. 2020 There’s also a need to make all that information digestible for people in nontechnical roles. Steve Gickling, Forbes, 2 Aug. 2022 The 38-mile, nontechnical hike follows a riverbed deep into the canyon, delivering you to narrows where rock walls rise 200 feet. Graham Averill, Outside Online, 1 Aug. 2022 That’s not to say nontechnical founders shouldn’t make the effort to learn as much as possible. Jake Hare, Forbes, 13 May 2022 On the other, workers leaving the retail and service industries, or other nontechnical roles, are seeking careers that offer higher pay, stronger benefits, flexibility and stability. Gautam Tambay, Forbes, 24 June 2022 Or should they be made available to a number of nontechnical employees, so the organization can benefit from cultural change and collective innovation? Gabriel Nahas, Fortune, 3 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nontechnical was in 1833

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“Nontechnical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2022.

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