non·​ag·​gres·​sive ˌnän-ə-ˈgre-siv How to pronounce nonaggressive (audio)
: not aggressive: such as
: not marked by or exhibiting aggression
nonaggressive animals
: not marked by forcefulness
nonaggressive sales tactics
nonaggressive sports
: not growing, spreading, or developing rapidly
nonaggressive tumors
: not more intensive or severe than usual
nonaggressive cancer treatments
nonaggression noun
practicing nonaggression
a nonaggression pact/treaty [=a formal agreement between two countries not to attack each other]

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The other venomous snake native to the state, the northern copperhead, is mostly docile and nonaggressive, choosing to remain still and hidden rather than give away its position. Stephen Underwood, Hartford Courant, 26 Aug. 2022 The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources doesn't trap or remove bears with nonaggressive behavior. Alex Chhith, Star Tribune, 27 Apr. 2021 While the idea of encouraging bees in yards may be a no-go for some afraid of stings, native Wisconsin bees are nonaggressive. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 Apr. 2021 Practically all Asian Americans, but elderly men in particular, are often viewed as nonaggressive, meek and unable or unwilling to fight back, in contrast to men of other races. Pawan Dhingra, The Conversation, 19 Mar. 2021 Wild canids that were affable, nonaggressive, less threatening were able to draw nearer to human communities. Daniel Dorsa, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Nov. 2020 Fill it with a variety of nonaggressive fish—like neon and cardinal tetras—and cute aquarium decor. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, 8 Oct. 2020 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, 2 June 2020 With testosterone treatment, though, these nonaggressive animals became aggressive. Emily Willingham, Scientific American, 3 Aug. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1843, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonaggressive was in 1843

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“Nonaggressive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

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