non·​ther·​a·​peu·​tic | \ ˌnän-ˌther-ə-ˈpyü-tik How to pronounce nontherapeutic (audio) \

Definition of nontherapeutic

: not relating to, being, or providing therapy : not therapeutic … social pressures that encourage the nontherapeutic use of drugs in sports …— Andrew A. Skolnick taking diet pills for nontherapeutic reasons

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nontherapeutically \ ˌnän-​ˌther-​ə-​ˈpyü-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce nontherapeutically (audio) \ adverb
using drugs nontherapeutically

Examples of nontherapeutic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As part of this effort, researchers at Columbia University conducted a counterfactual exercise to answer an important question: What would have happened if nontherapeutic interventions in the United States had started before March 15? Ben Santer, Scientific American, "Counterfactual Experiments Are Crucial, but Easy to Misunderstand," 10 July 2020

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First Known Use of nontherapeutic

1862, in the meaning defined above

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“Nontherapeutic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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non·​ther·​a·​peu·​tic | \ -ˌther-ə-ˈp(y)üt-ik How to pronounce nontherapeutic (audio) \

Medical Definition of nontherapeutic

: not relating to or being therapy nontherapeutic procedures

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