non·​threat·​en·​ing | \ ˌnän-ˈthret-niŋ How to pronounce nonthreatening (audio) , -ˈthre-tᵊn-iŋ \

Definition of nonthreatening

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

Examples of nonthreatening in a Sentence

It's best to approach the dog in a calm, nonthreatening way.
Recent Examples on the Web 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,, 31 Oct. 2019 Teachers are trained how to stand in a nonthreatening way. Jennifer Smith Richards, ProPublica, 19 Nov. 2019 Millions of years ago, when our ancestors might have encountered someone who looked friendly eating in front of them, the cues were clear: Here is a nonthreatening person in possession of food that is demonstrably edible. Emily Heil, Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2019 Almond was familiar and nonthreatening and blended beautifully with greens. Rachel Sugar, Vox, 14 Aug. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of nonthreatening

1963, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Nonthreatening.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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