Definition of nonmanual in US English:

nonmanual

adjective

  • Not using or working with the hands.

    ‘nonmanuallaborers’
    ‘his work was nonmanual because it was white-collar, specialized work’
    • ‘More white children had parents with non-manual occupations.’
    • ‘The variation amongst women is less, with over half of working women in all ethnic groups being in intermediate or junior non-manual work.’
    • ‘"The difficulties of a 40-year-old man, used to manual work, obtaining employment in West Wales in non-manual work should not be underestimated."’
    • ‘In other words, independents were neither more nor less likely than the affiliated to be childless, currently employed, or working in a non-manual occupation.’
    • ‘Hypertension showed a similar prevalence in all groups, but was lower in women in non-manual classes.’
    • ‘Smoking was more common among those who were in a manual class compared with a non-manual class.’
    • ‘Another 24% came from homes with at least one parent in professional or managerial occupations and 15% had a parent in routine non-manual jobs, such as office work.’
    • ‘University lecturers' pay has fallen 40 percent behind the average for non-manual occupations over the last 20 years.’
    • ‘In 1983, only 5 percent of non-manual workers were unemployed.’

Pronunciation

nonmanual

/ˌnänˈmanyo͞oəl/