non·​con·​fron·​ta·​tion·​al | \ ˌnän-ˌkän-(ˌ)frən-ˈtā-shnəl How to pronounce nonconfrontational (audio) , -shə-nᵊl \

Definition of nonconfrontational

: avoiding or being without confrontation nonconfrontational protesters a nonconfrontational meeting LeVake is so profoundly nonconfrontational that he inspires instant trust.— Josh Tyrangiel … offering his advice in private meetings and public testimony in a direct but noninflammatory and nonconfrontational way …— Robert S. McNamara

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Other Words from nonconfrontational

nonconfrontationally adverb
When he or she arrives, discreetly and nonconfrontationally say that the wine you ordered is not to your taste. — Matt Kramer

Examples of nonconfrontational in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the end of the meeting, Beijing was loudly applauded, and Chinese diplomats praised the meeting format as one based on a cooperative, nonselective and nonconfrontational approach. Aaron Rhodes, WSJ, "Why the U.N. Is Making a Mockery of Human Rights," 18 Oct. 2020 Adding to the harm, Minnesota’s nonconfrontational culture means bystanders typically either stay silent or brush off the comments, Otiso said. Pam Louwagie, Star Tribune, "Young Black woman says she won't move back after three years of 'Minnesota Nice' racism," 15 Aug. 2020 On Monday, July 15, Rosselló gave a notably nonconfrontational interview to a salsa music radio station. Michael Weissenstein,, "Besieged Puerto Rico governor goes quiet amid protests," 20 July 2019 Colleagues described her as outgoing, congenial and nonconfrontational. New York Times, "Carrie Saxon Perry, Barrier-Breaking Mayor, Dies at 87," 14 Nov. 2019 It’s hard to imagine Obrador hewing to his nonconfrontational tack with the cartels after what happened last week in northern Mexico. Chicago Tribune, Twin Cities, "Other voices: Mexico’s ‘hugs not bullets’ approach to drug cartels has failed," 15 Nov. 2019 My kind, nonconfrontational husband has shown strength I could never have envisioned in a future partner. Lauren Chval, Washington Post, "I thought he was just a rebound. He turned out to be my husband.," 26 Aug. 2019 One of the most popular nonconfrontational strategies to stop unruly customers is to cut them off. Fortune, "How the Bar Industry Plans to Deal With Harassment in the Workplace—Including Unruly Guests," 17 Aug. 2019 While some of his deputies were vilified, Rosselló seemed to emerge relatively unscathed, perhaps due to his friendly and nonconfrontational manner with critics, opponents, and journalists alike. Michael Weissenstein,, "Besieged Puerto Rico governor goes quiet amid protests," 20 July 2019

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First Known Use of nonconfrontational

1968, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonconfrontational.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of nonconfrontational

: not likely to make people angry or upset : tending to avoid arguments and conflict with other people

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