nonaggressive

adjective
non·​ag·​gres·​sive | \ ˌnän-ə-ˈgre-siv How to pronounce nonaggressive (audio) \

Definition of nonaggressive

: not aggressive: such as
a : not marked by or exhibiting aggression nonaggressive animals
b : not marked by forcefulness nonaggressive sales tactics nonaggressive sports
c : not growing, spreading, or developing rapidly nonaggressive tumors
d : not more intensive or severe than usual nonaggressive cancer treatments

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Other Words from nonaggressive

nonaggression \ ˌnän-​ə-​ˈgre-​shən How to pronounce nonaggression (audio) \ noun
practicing nonaggression a nonaggression pact/treaty [=a formal agreement between two countries not to attack each other]

Examples of nonaggressive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The department will investigate incidents of force used against nonaggressive people at the protests to make sure officers were within the department’s policies, Pazen said. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, "Denver police chief vows to investigate use of tear gas, projectiles on peaceful protesters," 2 June 2020 With testosterone treatment, though, these nonaggressive animals became aggressive. Emily Willingham, Scientific American, "Neural Switch Flips on Aggression in Male Mice," 3 Aug. 2020 Fortunately, fatalities are fairly rare; the spiders are nonaggressive and bite only in self-defense, such as when someone accidentally sits on them. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "The 10 Most Dangerous Spiders in the World," 11 Nov. 2019 Think: kind gestures that are nonaggressive, noncommittal, and sans heavy emotions. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "27 Foolproof Gift Ideas for Neighbors, Coworkers, and Other Pseudo-Strangers," 12 Nov. 2018 Think: kind gestures that are nonaggressive, noncommittal, and sans heavy emotions. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "27 Foolproof Gift Ideas for Neighbors, Coworkers, and Other Pseudo-Strangers," 12 Nov. 2018 Think: kind gestures that are nonaggressive, noncommittal, and sans heavy emotions. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "27 Foolproof Gift Ideas for Neighbors, Coworkers, and Other Pseudo-Strangers," 12 Nov. 2018 Think: kind gestures that are nonaggressive, noncommittal, and sans heavy emotions. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "27 Foolproof Gift Ideas for Neighbors, Coworkers, and Other Pseudo-Strangers," 12 Nov. 2018 Think: kind gestures that are nonaggressive, noncommittal, and sans heavy emotions. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "27 Foolproof Gift Ideas for Neighbors, Coworkers, and Other Pseudo-Strangers," 12 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of nonaggressive

1843, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonaggressive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nonaggressive. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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