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

Definition of nonfatal

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

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In the first six months of the year, there were 18 homicides by gunfire in Boston and 69 nonfatal shootings, police said. Christina Prignano,, "Senator Booker to hold press conference in Boston to highlight gun control plan," 12 July 2019 The nonfatal shooting rate was 28% worse than the citywide average., "Unequal violence, unequal justice: Homicide in one of America’s most segregated cities," 10 July 2019 The number of nonfatal criminal shootings has dropped from 147 at this point last year to 126 as of July 10, Conrad and spokeswoman Jessie Halladay said Wednesday. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Crime spike sparks fresh LMPD approach, not 'traffic stop after traffic stop,' chief says," 10 July 2019 According to the Associated Press, there have been roughly 25 fatal cougar attacks and 95 nonfatal attacks across North America in the last 100 years., "WATCH: Cougar caught on camera roaming Sandy neighborhood," 24 June 2019 Police also are looking into a nonfatal shooting in Baltimore’s Upton neighborhood which occurred Monday around 2 a.m. A 20-year-old man was shot in the leg. Mckenna Oxenden,, "Baltimore homicide detectives investigating 3 deaths reported within 24 hours adding to a violent weekend," 24 June 2019 For every child who dies from drowning, another five who survived received emergency care for nonfatal injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Catie Wegman,, "Summer is prime-time for drownings: How to protect your kids," 17 June 2019 To complete the report, AAA analyzed data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for fatal crashes and the National Automotive Sampling System General Estimates System for nonfatal crashes. Elyssa Cherney,, "Hit-and-run deaths spike to record high nationwide: AAA," 26 Apr. 2018 The number of nonfatal shootings fell 30% last year compared with 2017, a police spokesman said. Scott Calvert, WSJ, "Baltimore Mayor Picks New Orleans’s Police Chief to Lead Troubled Force," 8 Jan. 2019

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1854, in the meaning defined above

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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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