nonthreatening

adjective non·threat·en·ing \ ˌnän-ˈthret-niŋ , -ˈthre-tᵊn-iŋ \
|Updated on: 19 Jun 2018

Definition of nonthreatening

1 : not constituting a threat
  • a nonthreatening illness
2 : not likely to cause anxiety
  • a nonthreatening environment
; also : innocuous 2

Examples of nonthreatening in a Sentence

  1. It's best to approach the dog in a calm, nonthreatening way.

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First Known Use of nonthreatening

1963

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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NONTHREATENING Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of nonthreatening for English Language Learners

  • : not likely to cause someone to be afraid or worried : not threatening


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