non·​com·​bat·​ive | \ ˌnän-kəm-ˈba-tiv How to pronounce noncombative (audio) \

Definition of noncombative

: not combative: such as
a : not eager to fight or argue Bolten's low-key, noncombative style has made his task a bit easier, especially when it came to asking the sometimes volatile Rove to surrender some of his power.— Richard Wolffe et al., Newsweek, 1 May 2006
b : not involving combat and especially military combat He notes that his troops are now carrying out noncombative missions in 105 countries, without incident.— Lee Smith, Fortune, 19 Sept. 1994

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First Known Use of noncombative

1833, in the meaning defined above

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“Noncombative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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