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  1. removing or capable of removing hostility, suspicion, etc., as by being charming: a disarming smile.
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Origin of disarming

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


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


    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.

    The Girl and The Bill

    Bannister Merwin

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


    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


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