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 nontechnical (audio) \ adverb
describing the problem clearly and nontechnically

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Recent Examples on the Web These deployments often place the burden of knowledge and expertise on nontechnical managers and administrators. Jordan Ramer, Forbes, 19 May 2021 SMBs can use no-code tools to create, organize and automate business workflows handled by employees in nontechnical roles. Borya Shakhnovich, Forbes, 10 May 2021 All the technical or nontechnical skills required for the job will evolve naturally. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2021 When those second-generation applications arrived, nontechnical personnel still needed a certain level of skill in data wrangling in order to prevent adverse outcomes. Glen Rabie, Forbes, 19 Mar. 2021 Bug bashes occur when the entire company, including nontechnical employees, focus on thoroughly testing the product instead of their day-to-day duties. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 4 Mar. 2021 Rodstrom noted that Google hired interns and full-time employees from 19 HBCUs in 2019 in both technical and nontechnical roles. Nitasha Tiku, Washington Post, 4 Mar. 2021 Eugene Rabinowitch and Hy Goldsmith, former Manhattan Project scientists, determined the public needed a nontechnical magazine to become fully aware of such dangers. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, 27 Jan. 2021 But unlike its competitors, Tupperware's business model remains decidedly nontechnical. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, 4 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of nontechnical

1833, in the meaning defined above

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“Nontechnical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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