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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Two of the nonfatal shootings occurred around the corner from one another in the city’s Rosemont neighborhood before dawn Sunday. Colin Campbell,, "9 people shot, 2 fatally, in Baltimore overnight, police say," 21 July 2019 There have been an additional 198 nonfatal attacks on health facilities and health workers in the past 6 months. Meredith Wadman, Science | AAAS, "First Ebola case in African border metropolis could be a ‘game-changer,’ WHO leader warns," 15 July 2019 Hartford has seen an increase in gun violence in recent weeks, including a nonfatal shooting on Meadow Street just two hours before the governor’s news conference. Daniela Altimari,, "State offers help to address summertime crime spike in Hartford, New Haven and Bridgeport," 23 July 2019 There were also two nonfatal shootings early Monday. The Enquirer,, "32-year-old killed in Sunday's second fatal shooting," 22 July 2019 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

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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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