non·​vet·​er·​an | \ ˌnän-ˈve-tə-rən How to pronounce nonveteran (audio) , -ˈve-trən \
plural nonveterans

Definition of nonveteran

: a person who is not a former member of the armed forces : someone who is not a military veteran But he has pledged to shrink the size of government, which would affect veterans and nonveterans alike.— Lisa Rein

Examples of nonveteran in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The free event, open to nonveterans as well, will not be a protest, said Kim St. Hilaire, post manager. Brian Albrecht, cleveland, "American Legion hosting veterans celebration in Kent on same day as Jane Fonda visit," 8 Mar. 2020 Here’s why: A housing voucher can’t be issued to a nonveteran, even if the person is a veteran’s spouse. Otis R. Taylor Jr.,, "An Oakland street dweller generously helped others. When he died, thieves helped themselves," 27 Feb. 2020 And despite their comparatively high income levels, veterans are slightly more likely to be unemployed than nonveterans. Mike Rogoway, oregonlive, "Oregon Insight: The state’s veterans are high earners," 11 Nov. 2019 The Republic National Committee’s own data show the president’s approval is 18 percentage points higher among veterans than nonveterans. Jesse Naranjo, WSJ, "Trump’s Leadership of Military More Trusted by Veterans Than Public, Study Finds," 10 July 2019 The Veterans Affairs Department reported that veterans are 20 percent more likely than nonveterans to commit suicide. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Mueller tightening the screws on Manafort," 19 Sep. 2017 In competitive hiring, where agencies rank candidates for hiring in categories, veterans are placed above nonveterans within each category, and where agencies use numerical ranking, veterans get extra points. Eric Yoder, Washington Post, "Q&A for federal workers: Veterans preference in hiring," 19 Sep. 2017 Those ages 18 to 24 have an unemployment rate of 10.7 percent, more than two percentage points higher than nonveterans the same age, according to Department of Labor statistics. Mary Hui, Washington Post, "Trading helmets for hard hats, veterans explore career in construction," 22 June 2017 Dr. Shulkin, who has been in charge of the VA’s health-care system, will be the first nonveteran to head the sprawling department. Ben Kesling, WSJ, "David Shulkin Confirmed as Secretary of Veterans Affairs in Unanimous Vote," 13 Feb. 2017

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1864, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonveteran.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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