- of, relating to, or characteristic of an enemy: a hostile nation.
- opposed in feeling, action, or character; antagonistic: hostile criticism.
- characterized by antagonism.
- not friendly, warm, or generous; not hospitable.
- a person or thing that is antagonistic or unfriendly.
- Military. an enemy soldier, plane, ship, etc.
Origin of hostile
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Examples from the Web for non-hostile
“His overall behavior has been mostly compliant and non-hostile toward the guard force and staff,” it says.4 of ‘Taliban 5’ Will Likely Fight Again, U.S. Spies Say
Eli Lake, Kimberly Dozier
June 9, 2014
But the god talked on softly, and ever the hand rose and fell with non-hostile pats.White Fang
He kept himself, therefore, in a non-hostile attitude toward all theories and systems.The Side Of The Angels
Each of these non-hostile relations must be discussed separately.
Non-hostile relations can also be created by peace negotiations.
- antagonistic; opposed
- of or relating to an enemy
- a hostile person; enemy
Word Origin and History for non-hostile
late 15c., from Middle French hostile "of or belonging to an enemy" or directly from Latin hostilis "of an enemy," from hostis "enemy" (see guest). The noun meaning "hostile person" is recorded from 1838, American English, a word from the Indian wars.