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

Examples of nontechnical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s also coursework that ranges from introductory classes for nontechnical roles to more complex learning for those in data science roles. John Kell, Fortune, 2 May 2024 In addition to direct hire, OPM additionally authorized temporary excepted service appointments to bolster agencies to carry out the nontechnical work needed to support the executive order. Sage Lazzaro, Fortune, 4 Jan. 2024 But scientists say seaweed removal is a low-cost, nontechnical method that can significantly improve reef health. Cameron Pugh, The Christian Science Monitor, 30 Oct. 2023 The grid, through a combination of technical and nontechnical issues, loses almost half the load in delivery. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, 22 Aug. 2023 See all Example Sentences for nontechnical 

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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 17 Jul. 2024.

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