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

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 Ask them, in a polite and nonconfrontational manner to discontinue this behavior. Johnny C. Taylor Jr., USA TODAY, 3 Nov. 2021 Though the students are clearly upset and their questions can be pointed, Bill does well to stay relaxed and nonconfrontational. Amanda Whiting, Vulture, 20 Aug. 2021 Friends describe her as traditional and nonconfrontational. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, 3 July 2021 His nonconfrontational behavior since has helped keep his approval rating around 50% -- more than most Washington politicians. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 23 June 2021 While pushing a deeply progressive agenda, Biden has been careful to maintain an affable, nonconfrontational posture with the GOP. Los Angeles Times, 30 Apr. 2021 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, 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, 15 Aug. 2020 On Monday, July 15, Rosselló gave a notably nonconfrontational interview to a salsa music radio station. Michael Weissenstein,, 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 3 Dec. 2021.

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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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