[non-sek-tair-ee-uh n]


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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for non-sectarian

multicultural, open, interracial, multiracial, nonracial, nonsectarian

Examples from the Web for non-sectarian

Contemporary Examples of non-sectarian

  • When he tried to be non-sectarian, he lost his sectarian allies.

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    Iraq's Last Election?

    Michael Hastings

    March 3, 2010

  • When he tacked back towards sectarianism, he lost his non-sectarian allies.

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    Iraq's Last Election?

    Michael Hastings

    March 3, 2010

Historical Examples of non-sectarian

  • 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



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper