non·​ther·​a·​peu·​tic ˌnän-ˌther-ə-ˈpyü-tik How to pronounce nontherapeutic (audio)
: 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
nontherapeutically adverb
using drugs nontherapeutically

Examples of nontherapeutic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For now, Marks thinks Oregon’s nontherapeutic route was the right one. WIRED, 15 June 2023 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, 10 July 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1862, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nontherapeutic was in 1862

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“Nontherapeutic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


non·​ther·​a·​peu·​tic -ˌther-ə-ˈp(y)üt-ik How to pronounce nontherapeutic (audio)
: not relating to or being therapy
nontherapeutic procedures
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