non·​vet·​er·​an ˌnän-ˈve-tə-rən How to pronounce nonveteran (audio)
plural nonveterans
: 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 President Biden’s nominee to handle military veterans' issues was handled with kid gloves by senators on Wednesday, but advocacy groups are split as to whether a nonveteran without healthcare experience can advance the needs of former service members. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, 27 Jan. 2021 McDonough, a White House chief of staff to former President Obama, is only the second nonveteran to lead the agency. Los Angeles Times, 8 Mar. 2021 The free event, open to nonveterans as well, will not be a protest, said Kim St. Hilaire, post manager. Brian Albrecht, cleveland, 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.,, 27 Feb. 2020 And despite their comparatively high income levels, veterans are slightly more likely to be unemployed than nonveterans. Mike Rogoway, oregonlive, 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, 10 July 2019 The Veterans Affairs Department reported that veterans are 20 percent more likely than nonveterans to commit suicide. James Hohmann, Washington Post, 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, 19 Sep. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1864, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonveteran was in 1864

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“Nonveteran.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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