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 According to preliminary statistics reported by Detroit Police, overall homicides of all methods and nonfatal shootings are down. Eve Sampson, Detroit Free Press, 1 Aug. 2022 There were two nonfatal attacks off Fire Island in 2018, at least one of which involved a sand tiger shark, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Phil Helsel, NBC News, 14 July 2022 Almost 5% of all homicides and nonfatal shootings through May have been related to domestic violence, a total of 20 victims, according to the Homicide Review Commission. Elliot Hughes, Journal Sentinel, 22 July 2022 Alewine participated in selling crack and powder cocaine, heroin, oxycodone and marijuana as a member of the Hillside gang and used the profits to buy guns and traffic narcotics and committed robbery, homicides and nonfatal shootings. Ngan Ho, Baltimore Sun, 20 July 2022 City leaders said last year that one in three suspects of nonfatal shootings and homicides are either on parole or probation, under the state purview. Ovetta Wiggins, Washington Post, 16 July 2022 California Partnership also studied nonfatal shootings from January 2019 through December 2021 and found that a very small but high-risk population has driven a significant portion of the city’s gun violence. oregonlive, 16 July 2022 At this point last year, there were 328 nonfatal shootings with 368 people injured. Hannah Brock, The Indianapolis Star, 5 July 2022 In some nonfatal shootings, victims have refused to share information about who shot them or the circumstances behind the shooting, Police Chief Marcus Jones told the county council. Nicole Asbury, Washington Post, 29 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of nonfatal

1854, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonfatal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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

Medical Definition of nonfatal

: not fatal nonfatal infections

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