nonconfrontational

adjective
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

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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, BostonGlobe.com, "Besieged Puerto Rico governor goes quiet amid protests," 20 July 2019 Ask neutral, nonconfrontational questions when discussing it with the boss. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "Hey, That’s My Idea! When Your Boss Steals Your Work," 27 Nov. 2018 The Sheriff’s Department Senior Volunteer Patrol is looking for men and women age 50 and older to help with nonconfrontational tasks. Laura Groch, sandiegouniontribune.com, "North County Community News, June 14," 14 June 2018 Start by explaining the rules to your siblings in a nonconfrontational way. Houston Chronicle, "Family was absent the day wedding etiquette was taught," 19 May 2018 The settlements keep the nonconfrontational Hadza and their prey away from the water. Ann Gibbons, Science | AAAS, "Farmers, tourists, and cattle threaten to wipe out some of the world’s last hunter-gatherers," 17 May 2018 But there was still a recognition, particularly law students had a certain amount of respectability if things were being done in a nonconfrontational manner. Ben Crandell, Sun-Sentinel.com, "March for Our Lives: Boomers have been there, marched that," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of nonconfrontational

1968, in the meaning defined above

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nonconfrontational

adjective

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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