Definition of nontechnical in English:



  • 1Not relating to or involving science or technology.

    ‘a simple, nontechnical procedure’
    • ‘It is my intention to help and answer this question with non-technical, real world solutions and to give a solid overview of the storage options and how they work.’
    • ‘It organises the non-technical aspects of the programme, for example, team building, diet, fitness and communication skills.’
    • ‘Informing society about the non-technical aspects and implications of engineering has been the aim of the nine-year-old Bridging the Gap lecture series.’
    • ‘Though we can't eliminate the risk through technology, we should still build some partial defenses to reduce the risk, and also need to look for sensible non-technical steps.’
    • ‘As the subject matter becomes increasingly broad, non-technical, and abstract, descriptive vocabularies vary and sources become scattered and diffuse.’
    • ‘Fishbein said that the point of the new courses is to get students to analyze and improve their non-technical skills.’
    • ‘In addition, the 2005 program combines non-technical topics such as wine selection, financial planning for retirement and project management skills with the traditional technical sessions.’
    • ‘In this process, it has become clear that Europe opposes the broad non-technical patents on business methods that are now available in the U.S., signaling a major rift in international standards of patentability.’
    • ‘Competence in other non-technical skills may not be expected without the benefit of post-baccalaureate education and in these areas, CLS programs can provide a foundation for future learning.’
    • ‘Keeping customers' data confidential involves using tools that ensure against data leakage but, just as importantly, it calls for employee awareness and other non-technical measures, he says.’
    • ‘They train these members in non-technical tasks including marshalling aircraft, connecting power, daily servicing of power carts, manning fire fighting equipment and generally assisting aircrew.’
    • ‘Just as this process can help map intellectual property space and protect ideas, it can also help in other nontechnical areas, such as justifying development plans or generating strategic product plans.’
    • ‘There are nontechnical means to blocking signals as well.’
    • ‘But the findings may not be applicable to nontechnical fields or to environments in which the standard models for engineering management do not apply.’
    theoretical, abstract, conceptual, academic, hypothetical, philosophical, speculative, conjectural, non-practical, non-technical
    1. 1.1Without specialized or technical knowledge.
      ‘a nontechnical background’
      • ‘Almost all of them revolve around a failure of non-technical business people to understand basic technology facts.’
      • ‘Our system is web-based, user-friendly and absolutely non-technical.’
      • ‘This isn't the first time I've run in to a problem like this, particularly when dealing with websites of non-technical people.’
      • ‘When this first happened in 1991, I had access to e-mail myself, but my non-technical friends and my family did not.’
      • ‘It is a fearsomely complicated one, and I would never dream of showing it in a non-technical book about science if my intention was to be instructive.’
      • ‘A good non-technical discussion can be found here.’
      • ‘I proceeded to launch into a non-technical explanation of the concept that was so clear and easy to follow, you'd have thought no one could have been confused at the end of it.’
      • ‘But as the non-technical reader often suspects, there is an implicit fatalism in the conventional wisdom about the future of IT.’
      • ‘The book addresses the integration issues by mixing theory and evidence and briefly introduces the relevant theoretical concepts in a non-technical way.’
      • ‘It's a nice pairing, as Schelling's work is quite accessible and non-technical, whereas Aumann's is more mathematically oriented.’
      • ‘In so far as it is possible with any legislation, the provisions outlined in the Guide are set out in a straightforward and non-technical manner, which makes for easy reading.’
      • ‘Written in non-technical language and explaining concepts at a level that would be useful to policy makers or undergraduate students, the book does have a great deal of practical information.’
      • ‘Thirdly, the Web demonstrated how a powerful technology like the Internet could remain inaccessible to non-technical communities until suitable user interfaces were devised.’
      • ‘To present difficult material for the non-technical reader is no simple exercise.’
      • ‘Be aware that it is a little bit difficult to configure and run it for non-technical people.’
      • ‘This is the first comprehensive book in non-technical language on Sellafield as a reprocessing plant and nuclear dump.’
      • ‘A guest speaker at each event will deliver multi-disciplinary, non-technical presentations.’
      • ‘The discussion was intelligent and well-informed, and served as a pretty decent non-technical introduction to the subject.’
      • ‘Fred filters data and turns it into useful information that is understandable by non-technical people.’
      • ‘Bremer thoughtfully examines the many ways in which different readers learn and makes us conscious of how difficult it can be for a non-technical person to make sense of even the most ‘obvious’ assumption.’
      unskilled, untaught, non-technical, unschooled, untutored, unpractised, inexperienced, unequipped, unversed, uninformed, unacquainted



/nänˈteknikəl/ /nɑnˈtɛknɪkəl/