un·​com·​bat·​ive ˌən-kəm-ˈba-tiv How to pronounce uncombative (audio)
: not eager to fight or argue : not combative
an uncombative nature/temperament/person
uncombatively adverb
uncombativeness noun

Examples of uncombative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For months, North Korea has been relatively uncombative, as leader Kim Jong Un grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, natural disasters and the deepening economic pain under years of tough U.S.-led sanctions. Fox News, 8 Oct. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1840, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of uncombative was in 1840

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“Uncombative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncombative. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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