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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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 Mass shootings are defined as attacks where there are four or more fatal and nonfatal injuries, not including the shooter. Matt Vasilogambros, The Seattle Times, "After Florida school massacre, states pass 50 new gun-control laws," 6 Aug. 2018 For the study, conducted by researchers from Nationwide Children's Hospital and the National Institutes of Health, the authors used data from a CDC database which tracks fatal and nonfatal injuries, violent deaths, and cost-of-injury data. Ashley Welch, CBS News, "Study reveals "striking" role of race in kids’ suicide risk," 22 May 2018 The researchers examined incident reports from 221 homicides and 1012 nonfatal gun assaults where gunshot wounds were sustained. Emily Stewart, Vox, "One way to reduce gun deaths: restrict big bullets and guns," 28 July 2018 So far this year, Seattle police have confirmed 14 reports of shots fired and three nonfatal shootings in the Central Area, according to SPD data provided by spokesman Patrick Michaud. Heidi Groover, The Seattle Times, "Neighborhood concerns and increased patrols follow string of Central District shootings," 20 Sep. 2018 If the city were to clear all of its blighted lots — a total currently close to 30,000 — the researchers estimated that the number of fatal and nonfatal shootings could go down by as much as 350 each year. Tom Avril,, "Gun violence can be reduced by clearing vacant lots, study finds," 26 Feb. 2018 The researchers also found that this increase came with a rise in injuries related to zip-lining: About 16,850 nonfatal injuries related to zip-lining were treated in U.S. emergency rooms from 1997 through 2012. Samantha Schmidt, ajc, "Tourists on honeymoon collide while zip-lining, leaving husband dead and wife injured," 10 July 2018

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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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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