One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Not doing or involving routine clerical work in an office.
- ‘Its second round of voluntary retirement scheme, completed last month, attracted applications from 514 employees among banking assistants and the non-clerical staff.’
2Not relating to or belonging to the clergy.
non-ordained, non-ecclesiastical, secular, temporalView synonyms
- ‘He weakened the grip of the Roman Catholic Church on education, extended higher education, created lycées for girls, and made French elementary education non-clerical, free, and compulsory.’
- ‘In 1951, however, the house passed into non-clerical hands and became the family home of David and Rosemary Verey.’
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