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  • adj. Not offensive.


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non- +‎ offensive


  • Influenced by European defense theorists and transnational peace activists, he embraced new ideas of nonoffensive defense and alternative security that led to redefinition of the Warsaw Pact as exclusively a defensive alliance and to drastic cutbacks in conventional forces in Eastern Europe.

    Between War and Peace

  • He held it dangling in two fingers in front of him, his nonoffensive intent apparent.

    Sick Cycle Carousel

  • Contact the list in a low-key, nonoffensive manner.

    Hot Prospects

  • Being from Canada, I was naive enough at the time to assume people wouldn't get thunked in the head for chanting nonoffensive rhyming slogans.

    peaceably to assemble, part 2

  • On the other hand, a put-down return can be so clever and nonoffensive that it suavely serves as a tactful put-aside response.

    Survival of the Savvy

  • With a background of an animation of people meeting each other and a soundtrack of some string-heavy nonoffensive music rising behind him it sounded a little like a car company ripping off a Moby song he talked about the connections that 35 million people try to make on AOL.

    GEL writeup - Anil Dash

  • We've heard a lot about that, electronic warfare, and other kinds of psychological pressure to try to influence the Iraqi military not to fight and to take up nonoffensive positions.

    CNN Transcript Mar 19, 2003

  • The church service was brief, an inspiring mixture of nonoffensive liturgy from a tall laconic minister who I didn't think had ever met Arnie Dresser, and poignant Quaker-like testimony from the surprisingly large gathering of loved ones, friends, and acquaintances.

    Manner of Death

  • However, it is a fact that the imperialists had made up that doctrine of the offensive or nonoffensive weapons.


  • I asked the nonoffensive one to grab me a Bud so I didn't have to get my lens squashed.



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