unthreatening

adjective

un·​threat·​en·​ing
ˌən-ˈthret-niŋ,
-ˈthre-tᵊn-iŋ How to pronounce unthreatening (audio)
: not presenting a threat : not threatening
… Mr. Yanobe's sculptures are friendly, unthreatening beings.Sarah Bayliss
unthreateningly adverb

Examples of unthreatening in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Made popular by its seemingly unthreatening nature, cute’s quest for world domination suggests there is more to the phenomenon than its charming exterior might imply. Zara Khan, CNN, 14 Feb. 2024 Hence this minestrone, which is wholesome, meat-free and totally unthreatening and generally feels right for now, particularly in small portions. Yotam Ottolenghi, New York Times, 17 Jan. 2024 But of course there is a possibility that this might change: that today’s temporary and unthreatening inflation could morph into a more serious enemy. Sebastian Mallaby, Foreign Affairs, 30 June 2021 But today’s unthreatening inflation could morph into a more serious enemy. Sebastian Mallaby, Foreign Affairs, 30 June 2021 The second goal was set up by what seemed to be an unthreatening short corner from Carles to Nacho along the end line. Frank Dell'apa, BostonGlobe.com, 3 Sep. 2023 At the end of the performance, the dance troupe removed their blindfolds, revealing the contortionists’ unthreatening appearance. USA TODAY, 19 July 2023 Humans of both sexes have small, stubby canines—an unthreatening trait unique to hominins, including the earliest Ardipithecus specimens. Blake Edgar, Scientific American, 1 Oct. 2016 King acknowledges that this excursion was possible by the accident of his being an amiable, unthreatening, middle-aged White guy. Marianne Szegedy-Maszak, Washington Post, 13 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unthreatening was in 1903

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“Unthreatening.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unthreatening. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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