nonlethal

adjective
non·​le·​thal | \ ˌnän-ˈlē-thəl How to pronounce nonlethal (audio) \

Definition of nonlethal

: not lethal : not capable of causing death a nonlethal gas nonlethal weapons a nonlethal dose of venom

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1625, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonlethal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nonlethal. Accessed 29 Mar. 2020.

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