nonthreatening

adjective

non·​threat·​en·​ing ˌnän-ˈthret-niŋ How to pronounce nonthreatening (audio)
-ˈthre-tᵊn-iŋ
1
: not constituting a threat
a nonthreatening illness
2
: not likely to cause anxiety
a nonthreatening environment

Examples of nonthreatening in a Sentence

It's best to approach the dog in a calm, nonthreatening way.
Recent Examples on the Web Her previous recipes have included homemade marmalade, ratatouille, pasta from scratch, and tzatziki dip, which all sound lovely and nonthreatening. Li Goldstein, Bon Appétit, 31 Mar. 2023 Talk over your concerns with your boss in a nonthreatening and professional way. Bryan Robinson, Forbes, 8 Oct. 2022 Much like Uncle Tom, Xavier, the perfect biracial teenager, is presented as a nonthreatening fantasy for the book’s white audience. Kiley Reid, New York Times, 10 Mar. 2020 There were only nine cases in the city; even to a doctor, that seemed nonthreatening. Jonathan Kolatch, WSJ, 7 Apr. 2020 The whole production is tidy, predictable, nonthreatening, and occasionally entertaining. Michael J. Socolow, Quartz, 19 Dec. 2019 The whole production is tidy, predictable, nonthreatening and occasionally entertaining. Michael J. Socolow, The Conversation, 17 Dec. 2019 His quirky behavior renders him nonthreatening during investigations. Katie Walsh, chicagotribune.com, 31 Oct. 2019 Teachers are trained how to stand in a nonthreatening way. Jennifer Smith Richards, ProPublica, 19 Nov. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1963, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonthreatening was in 1963

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“Nonthreatening.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nonthreatening. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

nonthreatening

adjective
non·​threat·​en·​ing -ˈthret-ᵊn-iŋ How to pronounce nonthreatening (audio)
1
: not constituting a threat
a nonthreatening illness
2
: not likely to cause anxiety
nonthreatening activities

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