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[non-sek-tair-ee-uh n] /ˌnɒn sɛkˈtɛər i ən/
not affiliated with or limited to a specific religious denomination.
Origin of nonsectarian
First recorded in 1825-35; non- + sectarian Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It is not the Catholics only that have joined this movement; it is non-sectarian.

    Just Irish Charles Battell Loomis
  • A notable part of the speech was a defence of free, non-sectarian education.

    George Brown

    John Lewis
  • I meant to say "non-sectarian," but in my surprise and horror I regret to say that I said, "vegetarian."

    Bab: A Sub-Deb Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • This home is non-sectarian in its management and in its work.

  • non-sectarian in spirit and thoroughly comprehensive in scope.

    Bahaism and Its Claims Samuel Graham Wilson
  • Some sort of non-sectarian mission, I gather, with a preacher over from America; and the meetings went on for a fortnight.

    The Mistress of Shenstone Florence L. Barclay
  • During the war the non-sectarian societies operated with all the vigor that the military situation would permit.

  • Development of a public school system which shall be non-sectarian and free to all.

British Dictionary definitions for non-sectarian


not narrow-minded, esp as a result of rigid adherence to a particular sect; broad-minded
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Word Origin and History for non-sectarian

also nonsectarian, 1831, from non- + sectarian.

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