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  • adj. Not technical.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. not characteristic of or skilled in applied arts and sciences. Opposite of technical.
  • adj. comprehensible to the general public; not requiring specialized training to be understood.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. not characteristic of or skilled in applied arts and sciences


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