non·ag·gres·sive | \ˌnän-ə-ˈgre-siv \

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 \ noun
practicing nonaggression a nonaggression pact/treaty [=a formal agreement between two countries not to attack each other]

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The latest evidence of the long-term trend came in a large study published Tuesday that involved more than 125,000 veterans diagnosed with nonaggressive prostate cancer between 2005 and 2015. Laurie Mcginley,, "More men with low-risk prostate cancer are rejecting aggressive treatment, new study suggests," 16 May 2018 Four years earlier, he had been treated for stage 1 prostate cancer, a disease so prevalent and nonaggressive that the U.S. government no longer recommends routine screening for it. David Gerber, STAT, "Unnecessary exclusions shut patients out of clinical trials," 5 Apr. 2018 Now fliers also must sign a document saying the animal will be well-behaved and nonaggressive in the cabin, and provide proof of health and vaccinations at least 48 hours ahead of the trip. Mary Forgione,, "Delta cites safety in tightening rules regarding service and support animals," 25 Jan. 2018 Think: kind gestures that are nonaggressive, noncommittal, and sans heavy emotions. Alexandra Gurvitch, Vogue, "25 Foolproof Gift Ideas for Neighbors, Coworkers, and Other Pseudo-Strangers," 14 Dec. 2017 Another issue has been less addressed: the right to a nonaggressive seatmate. Michael Milne,, "Field-Tested Travel Tips: Know your rights on a flight," 27 Oct. 2017 Leashed, well-behaved, nonaggressive dogs with proof of current immunizations are welcome at Pet Con. Madeline Mckenzie, The Seattle Times, "Seafair Pirates, watercraft and kids activities at Edmonds Waterfront Festival," 31 May 2017 The government remained relatively quiet during Trump’s political ascendancy, and even after his election, adopting a nonaggressive approach in the face of the fear and anxiety permeating the nation. Azam Ahmed, Orange County Register, "How Mexican leader seeks common ground and leverage as he prepares to meet Trump," 24 Jan. 2017 Dogs deemed nonaggressive, and proven licensed and vaccinated, are welcome. Carson Griffith, Town & Country, "The Most Exclusive Dog Parks of New York City," 27 May 2014

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First Known Use of nonaggressive

1843, in the meaning defined above

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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