un·​threat·​en·​ing | \ ˌən-ˈthret-niŋ, -ˈthre-tᵊn-iŋ How to pronounce unthreatening (audio) \

Definition of unthreatening

: not presenting a threat : not threatening … Mr. Yanobe's sculptures are friendly, unthreatening beings.— Sarah Bayliss

Other Words from unthreatening

unthreateningly adverb

Examples of unthreatening in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even as the music was being slowly tied to Communism (sometimes accurately), the demeanor of the genre was cheerful and unthreatening. Sasha Frere-jones, The New Yorker, 24 Feb. 2022 But, in the light of one man’s bloody and woefully misguided decision to invade a peaceful, unthreatening neighbor, the song is, once again, a plea for our common humanity. Jem Aswad, Variety, 25 Mar. 2022 But, in the light of one man's bloody and woefully misguided decision to invade a peaceful, unthreatening neighbor, the song is, once again, a plea for our common humanity. Chloe Melas, CNN, 6 Mar. 2022 Four years ago, Putin expressed his deep admiration for the tsar while visiting the Crimean Peninsula, a substantial and distinctly unthreatening parcel of Ukraine that Russia invaded in 2014 and has occupied ever since. David Remnick, The New Yorker, 23 Jan. 2022 With three minutes left in the first half, junior Anthony Ruiz got through to Warner on fourth-and-1 at the five-yard line, forcing him to chuck an unthreatening pass into the end zone. Theo Mackie, The Arizona Republic, 7 Nov. 2021 The strangers are an unthreatening family of survivors, but Roxanne refuses to take them in. Nick Schager, EW.com, 4 Oct. 2021 The fact that Diane was brought into a Black-run firm as an unthreatening white face for deep-pocketed clients during the Trump era has never been more awkwardly plain. Scott Tobias, Vulture, 13 Aug. 2021 Under the careful, patient, and unthreatening questioning of McNally, Lavigne belittled Danny, calling him dumb and strange. BostonGlobe.com, 24 May 2021 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'unthreatening.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of unthreatening

1903, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About unthreatening

Time Traveler for unthreatening

Time Traveler

The first known use of unthreatening was in 1903

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near unthreatening




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for unthreatening

Cite this Entry

“Unthreatening.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unthreatening. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on unthreatening

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for unthreatening


Test Your Vocabulary

The Great British Vocabulary Quiz

  • union jack speech bubble
  • Named after Sir Robert Peel, what are British police called?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!