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[non-sek-tair-ee-uh n]
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  1. not affiliated with or limited to a specific religious denomination.
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Origin of nonsectarian

First recorded in 1825–35; non- + sectarian
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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

British Dictionary definitions for non-sectarian


  1. 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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