nonthreatening

adjective
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.

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The goal is to help students learn HERO concepts in a nonthreatening and age-appropriate manner. Julia Sclafani, latimes.com, "Newport-Mesa school board approves pilot program to train young students for on-campus threats," 26 June 2019 Unlike the United States, which is blessed with two nonthreatening neighbors in Canada and Mexico, China has difficult relations with a number of strong, nationalistic neighbors, including India, Japan, South Korea, and Vietnam. Kishore Mahbubani, Harper's magazine, "What China Threat?," 10 Feb. 2019 Politicians able to articulate a vision of this future that is inclusive, inspiring, and nonthreatening — the mixture Obama sought in 2008 — will reap massive rewards. Ezra Klein, Vox, "White threat in a browning America," 30 July 2018 Europe may come apart at the seams because the cumulative effect of accepting nonthreatening refugees daily poses a major threat to Western cohesion, values, resources and fiscal health. WSJ, "Consider the Assimilationablity of Refugees," 8 Nov. 2018 Worse, the latest research suggests that only 27% of American women know how to apply eyeliner in a cohesive, nonthreatening fashion. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "Grungy and Unkempt in the U.S.A.," 12 July 2018 This account — which, again, comes from Miller himself — shows a high-level presidential adviser responding to a completely nonviolent and nonthreatening gesture by throwing away his own food. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Stephen Miller Owned the Libs by Throwing Away His Own Sushi," 9 July 2018 Bust out the sparklers, bang snaps and other nonthreatening fireworks. Michelle Jenkins, idahostatesman, "Big July Calendar: Month is lit with fireworks, comic con and the Canyon County Fair," 28 June 2018 The ball soared of Clemens’ bat, a seemingly nonthreatening fly to deep left. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Bocchi, Clemens lead Texas to CWS for 36th time," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of nonthreatening

1963, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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nonthreatening

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of nonthreatening

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

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