non·​fa·​tal | \ ˌnän-ˈfā-tᵊl How to pronounce nonfatal (audio) \

Definition of nonfatal

: not causing death : not fatal nonfatal infections a nonfatal wound

Examples of nonfatal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Louisville saw a record year of violence in 2020 and is on track to beat last year's totals for homicides and nonfatal shootings. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, 18 June 2021 New Orleans Police Superintendent Shaun Ferguson said his department has investigated as many as nine homicides, 23 nonfatal shootings and 15 armed robberies in the last two weeks. Ray Sanchez And Peter Nickeas, CNN, 9 June 2021 Most recently in nonfatal attacks, about 5:45 a.m., a 15-year-old boy was shot in the 2100 block of South Kostner Avenue in the Lawndale neighborhood. Deanese Williams-harris,, 10 Apr. 2021 There was also a deadly carjacking and nonfatal shooting on Friday. Alex Mann,, 4 Apr. 2021 Police initially reported a nonfatal shooting on the 3100 block of N. 24th Place, in the Franklin Heights neighborhood, at 1:20 a.m. that left the victim with serious injuries. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 31 Mar. 2021 Kelliher told reporters that speeding endangers workers clearing or repairing roads as well, citing a nonfatal crash last week involving a snowplow and a semitrailer. Mohamed Ibrahim, Star Tribune, 8 Feb. 2021 But the court said SB1437, which took effect after Gentile’s guilty plea, would clear him of a murder charge that was based on his nonfatal fight with Saavedra. Bob Egelko,, 17 Dec. 2020 In the Moderna report, FDA vaccine experts also said the frequency of nonfatal but severe negative effects were equally low, 1%, in vaccine and placebo recipients. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, 16 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of nonfatal

1854, in the meaning defined above

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22 Jun 2021

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“Nonfatal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of nonfatal

: not causing death : not fatal


non·​fa·​tal | \ -ˈfāt-ᵊl How to pronounce nonfatal (audio) \

Medical Definition of nonfatal

: not fatal nonfatal infections

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