nontechnical

adjective non·tech·ni·cal \ ˌnän-ˈtek-ni-kəl \
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

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

nontechnically

play \ˌnän-ˈtek-ni-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
    • describing the problem clearly and nontechnically

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First Known Use of nontechnical

1833


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