non·​hos·​tile ˌnän-ˈhä-stᵊl How to pronounce nonhostile (audio)
: not hostile: such as
: not of or relating to an enemy
nonhostile territory
: not unfriendly or antagonistic
a nonhostile relationship

Examples of nonhostile in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But in this case, what lies behind the first door is not a dark and dreary cave but a vast field of blowing grass, visible far-off castles, unexplored ruins, hostile and nonhostile characters of all sorts, and several glowing trees planted at key locations on the map. Los Angeles Times, 24 Feb. 2022 And while cobras are shy, nonhostile creatures, would-be combatants would do well to bookmark our tips on how to survive a cobra bite. Maureen O'Hare, CNN, 4 Nov. 2022 Namely, to be all things to all missions, from down-and-dirty close air support to ground troops to routine patrols in nonhostile regions. Jamie McIntyre, Washington Examiner, 18 Mar. 2021 Experts say bosses should remind workers about anti-harassment and social media policies, since worker behavior could run afoul of an employer’s obligation to maintain a safe and nonhostile work environment. Kaite Surma,, 4 Nov. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonhostile was in 1850

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“Nonhostile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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