- abstention from aggression, especially by a nation.
- of or relating to abstention from aggression: a nonaggression pact.
Origin of nonaggression
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Examples from the Web for non-aggressive
As one seasoned war correspondent put it, Italy's non-aggressive cooperation "is the military equivalent of not inhaling."Gaddafi's Best Friend in Europe
Barbie Latza Nadeau
March 23, 2011
His mouth was drawn down at the corner, and he frowned slightly, as a child might, in helpless but non-aggressive dissent.By the Light of the Soul
Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Jorge Montt, though raised to power by force of arms, proved a modest and non-aggressive president.The South American Republics, Part II (of 2)
Thomas C. Dawson
Charming women, with their plastic manners and non-aggressive force, always have their own way in the end.The Girl of the Period and Other Social Essays, Vol. I (of 2)
Eliza Lynn Linton
Emboldened by numbers, and also by our non-aggressive attitude, the enemy began to cast about for means of taking the post.The Unveiling of Lhasa
The non-aggressive, feather-bed stubbornness of insignificant obstacles is often very irritating to an enterprising soul.
- restraint of aggression, esp between states
- (as modifier)a nonaggression pact
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