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

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unthreateningly adverb

Examples of unthreatening in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Under the careful, patient, and unthreatening questioning of McNally, Lavigne belittled Danny, calling him dumb and strange. BostonGlobe.com, 24 May 2021 Al is a stand-in for a model minority: an unthreatening, sexless, subservient presence in Riley's home. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, 1 Apr. 2021 The hostility tended to evaporate once corpsmen came to town in person, proved unthreatening, and began spending their wages at local diners, shops, and movie theatres. Jim Lardner, The New Yorker, 7 Mar. 2021 The prose swirls like mist, and his great insight appears to be little more than the unthreatening observation that life is complicated. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, 2 Mar. 2021 In their proper, unthreatening way, Christine, Dorothy, and Phyllis McGuire had a popularity rivaling that of Elvis himself. Matt Schudel, BostonGlobe.com, 3 Jan. 2021 In their proper, unthreatening way, Christine, Dorothy and Phyllis McGuire had a popularity rivaling that of Elvis himself. Washington Post, 3 Jan. 2021 With factors like harsh winter air, too-hot showers, or a recent switch in your product lineup, there are a variety of seemingly unthreatening reasons that could be taking a toll on your skin. Marianne Mychaskiw, Good Housekeeping, 16 Dec. 2020 To place it in ideological terms, a Marxisant progressive program was presented as a conservative one fronted by an amiable unthreatening liberal. John O'sullivan, National Review, 27 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of unthreatening

1903, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unthreatening was in 1903

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17 Jun 2021

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“Unthreatening.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unthreatening. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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