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

Examples of nontechnical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In these conditions, the coat functions as the outerwear equivalent of a sweatshirt, a relaxed and nontechnical garment that’s well suited to leisurely tromps for coffee or detours through the park to admire the sparkling trees. Aleta Burchyski, Outside Online, "I Tried to Hate the Amazon Parka, But It Won Me Over," 26 Jan. 2020 And there were nontechnical issues that may have added to the chaos, such as new rules and worksheets that were designed to simplify the caucus process but seemed mostly to have sown confusion. Kevin Roose, New York Times, "The Only Safe Election Is a Low-Tech Election," 4 Feb. 2020 Research has found that intentionally fake news stories are more likely to use short, nontechnical and redundant language than accurate journalistic stories. Elizabeth Stoycheff, The Conversation, "4 ways to protect yourself from disinformation," 26 Feb. 2020 Last year, Amazon announced the addition of 5,000 jobs and began hiring software development engineers and other nontechnical jobs at all skill and education levels, according to the company's website for jobs. Francisco Guzman And Brian Ries, CNN, "Amazon, Nike and American Airlines join nearly 150 companies opposing Tennessee's anti-LGBTQ bills in a letter to lawmakers," 6 Feb. 2020 Eugene Rabinowitch and Hy Goldsmith, former Manhattan Project scientists, determined that a nontechnical magazine was needed to fully make the public aware of their dangers. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Doomsday Clock Creeps As Close to Midnight As It's Been in Decades," 23 Jan. 2020 Solutions for nontechnical losses are more challenging and may only partially cut associated emissions. The Conversation/sarah Marie Jordaan/kavita Surana, Ars Technica, "We calculated emissions due to electricity loss on the power grid," 26 Dec. 2019 Solutions for nontechnical losses are more challenging, and may only partially cut associated emissions. Kavita Surana, The Conversation, "We calculated emissions due to electricity loss on the power grid – globally, it’s a lot," 11 Dec. 2019 Unions have made inroads in tech, though largely for nontechnical roles. Greg Bensinger, Washington Post, "Google workers have formed a small union, overcoming tech’s long resistance," 24 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of nontechnical

1833, in the meaning defined above

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“Nontechnical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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