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

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Though his career record of 30-20-1 includes 23 knockouts, Esquivel has recently served as an experienced but unthreatening opponent to young fighters on the rise. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Unfortunately for Louisville boxer Carlos Dixon, complete chaos is the sport's standard," 17 Jan. 2020 Because inflation has been so unthreatening, the Federal Reserve has generally kept their feet off the economic brakes, even as unemployment has dropped to levels that, earlier in our history, pumped up inflation. Jared Bernstein, chicagotribune.com, "How low inflation is creating unique opportunities in the U.S. job market," 4 Oct. 2019 That leads to less contact with unfamiliar people, and makes even unthreatening acts seem harmful or ill-intended. The Christian Science Monitor, "Saving the academic integrity of student-athletes," 16 Aug. 2019 After Nixon's paranoia got the best of him, Gerald and Betty Ford were tasked with something that seemed impossible in the wake of Watergate: making the White House a distinctly unthreatening symbol. Wil Haygood, Town & Country, "The Best (and Worst) White House Parties of All Time," 1 Jan. 2013 Topping out at only 12 inches as adults and weighing less than two tubs of ice cream, with jet-black masks across their eyes and swollen bellies, meerkats look pretty unthreatening. Mary Holland, Condé Nast Traveler, "We Went on a Meerkat Safari and Loved It," 24 Apr. 2018 As the world truly moved online, abstract fears were repeatedly met with, and answered by, specific, irresistible and unthreatening products and experiences. John Herrman, New York Times, "The Return of the Techno-Moral Panic," 5 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of unthreatening

1903, in the meaning defined above

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“Unthreatening.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unthreatening. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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