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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from nontechnical

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

Examples of nontechnical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

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 One year, someone shared on FB Anon a spreadsheet with detailed compensation information across Facebook, sparking an internal controversy over pay differences between technical and nontechnical employees, some of the people familiar said. Deepa Seetharaman, WSJ, "Facebook Shut Down Employee Chat Room Over Harassing Messages," 16 Aug. 2017 Such employees earn more than nontechnical employees. Daisuke Wakabayashi, New York Times, "Google Sued by 3 Female Ex-Employees Who Say It Pays Women Less Than Men," 14 Sep. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'nontechnical.' 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 nontechnical

1833, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about nontechnical

Statistics for nontechnical

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for nontechnical

The first known use of nontechnical was in 1833

See more words from the same year

Comments on nontechnical

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


to mark by some ceremony or observation

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Vocabulary Quiz Returns!

  • stylized drawing of woman pole vaulting across gap to get trophy
  • Which is a synonym of fuliginous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

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!