non·vot·ing | \ˌnän-ˈvō-tiŋ \

Definition of nonvoting 

1 : not voting: such as

a : not exercising the right to vote the nonvoting element in the population

b : not entitled to vote nonvoting members

2 : not entitling the holder to vote nonvoting preferred stock

Examples of nonvoting in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

In congress, Puerto Rico is currently represented by a nonvoting resident commissioner. 2. Morgan Greene,, "After viral video, a refresher course: 5 things to know about Puerto Rico," 10 July 2018 O’Rourke’s campaign mantra is that Texas is not a red state, but a nonvoting state. Andrew Rice, Daily Intelligencer, "Can a Democrat Ever Win in Texas?," 10 July 2018 The school board has seven members with an additional nonvoting seat for a student member. Jess Nocera, Howard County Times, "Eight school board candidates won the primary, next up is the general election," 27 June 2018 The decision to leave the 47-nation body was more definitive than the lesser option of staying on as a nonvoting observer. Carol Morello,, "Trump administration pulls US out of UN Human Rights Council," 19 June 2018 Sumner Redstone, 94, is no longer a Viacom director and serves in a nonvoting position on CBS’s board., "CBS sues National Amusements in bid to wrest control of Dedham company from Redstones," 14 May 2018 Member of the Council on Postsecondary Education and nonvoting adviser to the Kentucky Board of Education. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "JCPS takeover: What we know about the people deciding district's fate," 4 May 2018 The executive director of the State Ethics Commission said ethics law did not prohibit Rahn, the nonvoting chair of the eight-member selection committee, from taking part in the process since Rahn no longer had any financial ties to the company. Michael Laris, Washington Post, "Officials question future of fast-tracked Maryland transportation contract," 18 Apr. 2018 There is no chance that Congress will accept the credentials of the shadow delegation and seat them as representatives of Puerto Rico, which currently has a nonvoting resident commissioner who can participate in congressional debates. Carl Hulse, New York Times, "Advocates of Puerto Rico Statehood Plan to Demand Representation," 9 Jan. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'nonvoting.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of nonvoting

1846 , in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about nonvoting

Statistics for nonvoting

Last Updated

9 Oct 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for nonvoting

The first known use of nonvoting was in 1846

See more words from the same year

Comments on nonvoting

What made you want to look up nonvoting? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!