non·​tech·​ni·​cal | \ ˌnän-ˈtek-ni-kəl How to pronounce nontechnical (audio) \

Definition of nontechnical

: not technical: such as
a : 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
b : 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
c : 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

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Other Words from nontechnical

nontechnically \ ˌnän-​ˈtek-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce nontechnically (audio) \ adverb
describing the problem clearly and nontechnically

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For example, warehouse workers in fulfillment centers could be trained for technical roles in IT and nontechnical workers could be retrained as software engineers. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "Amazon plans to retrain 100,000 employees," 11 July 2019 Disney’s Code: Rosie initiative recruits and trains women in nontechnical positions for software engineering roles that are in high demand. Liz Hilton Segel, Fortune, "How to Stop Automation From Leaving Women Behind," 6 June 2019 And, as daunting as the looming data crush appears from a technical perspective, some of the greatest challenges are wholly nontechnical. Quanta Magazine, "Imagining Data Without Division," 30 Sep. 2013 The percentage of all jobs in Illinois’ tech industry filled by women, including nontechnical roles, barely improved in recent years, rising to 34.1 percent last year from 33.8 percent in 2015, when CompTIA began tracking that data. Ally Marotti,, "Chicago women in tech make gains in overcoming 'bro fest,' and aim for leadership positions," 4 May 2018 Before any of that, though, applicants must have already climbed four trekking peaks (nontechnical mountains under 7,000 meters tall) and at least one peak above 7,000 meters. Anna Callaghan, Outside Online, "Smashing Guiding's Glass Ceiling," 3 Apr. 2018 Even engineers — perhaps especially engineers — need nontechnical skills., "Boston is the nation’s college capital. Here’s how to keep it that way," 3 Apr. 2018 In general, the jobs tend to be nontechnical roles such as customer support or administrative and operational positions. Mike Isaac And Daisuke Wakabayashi, New York Times, "Twitter’s Panic After Trump’s Account Is Deleted Caps a Rough Week," 3 Nov. 2017 But there are good nontechnical responses to all of Alito’s concerns. Nicholas Stephanopoulos, Slate Magazine, "The Justices Have Questions About How to Fix Partisan Gerrymandering," 4 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of nontechnical

1833, in the meaning defined above

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