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disarming

[dis-ahr-ming]
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adjective
  1. removing or capable of removing hostility, suspicion, etc., as by being charming: a disarming smile.

Origin of disarming

First recorded in 1540–50; disarm + -ing2
Related formsdis·arm·ing·ly, adverb

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winning, engaging, winsome.
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Examples from the Web for disarmingly

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  • Mr. Mix allowed his mouth to widen in a smile which was disarmingly benevolent.

    Rope

    Holworthy Hall

  • Hesitating there, hat in hand, his manners were disarmingly frank.

    The Little Red Chimney

    Mary Finley Leonard

  • Indeed, the glance which met his own seemed to Orme to be disarmingly good-natured.

  • Even so, the relation between the soul and the gland was absolutely unintelligible, as Descartes disarmingly confessed.

    Theodicy

    G. W. Leibniz

  • Mrs. Richards met this information with a disarmingly bland smile.

    The Blood Red Dawn

    Charles Caldwell Dobie


British Dictionary definitions for disarmingly

disarming

adjective
  1. tending to neutralize or counteract hostility, suspicion, etc
Derived Formsdisarmingly, adverb
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