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 The 21-year-old man was in the hospital Friday with nonfatal injuries. Dessi Gomez, Los Angeles Times, "‘Pop, Lock & Drop It’ rapper Huey fatally shot in his Missouri hometown," 26 June 2020 Tonn has been involved in three nonfatal shootings, according to sources familiar with the case and public records. Megan Cassidy,, "Sean Monterrosa, SF man killed in controversial Vallejo police shooting, laid to rest," 19 June 2020 One 2015 study examined crime networks in Chicago and found 70% of nonfatal gun injuries occur within networks that contain just 6% of the city’s population. Eric Litke, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Big cities have crime and more Democrats, but it's a stretch to link them," 16 June 2020 Raoult speaks of a formative experience when one of his research supervisors manipulated data to conform to the prevailing view that Marseilles fever was nonfatal—a view that Raoult soon disproved. Ari Schulman, The New Republic, "The Coronavirus and the Right’s Scientific Counterrevolution," 15 June 2020 The police officer who fatally shot an unarmed man outside a Vallejo Walgreens on Tuesday has been involved in three nonfatal shooting incidents, sources say. Kellie Hwang,, "Bay Briefing: A weekend of protests," 8 June 2020 Reggie Moore, the director of the city’s Office of Violence Prevention, said that as of Thursday, Milwaukee has seen a 25% increase in nonfatal shootings so far this year, compared to the same point in time in 2019. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "9 shootings in Milwaukee on Saturday and Sunday injured 12 people, killed 1," 25 May 2020 So far in 2020, the city is seeing increases in nearly every violent crime category, Conrad said, including homicides and nonfatal shootings that are up by 63% and 82%, respectively, compared to this time last year. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Coronavirus makes city 'ripe for violence,' Conrad says, amid uptick in Louisville crime," 29 Apr. 2020 Violent crime rates went slightly up in Boston, with nonfatal shootings on the rise. Bonnie Kristian, TheWeek, "The pandemic isn't changing crime like you'd expect," 27 Apr. 2020

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1854, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonfatal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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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