- tending or intended to menace: threatening gestures.
- causing alarm, as by being imminent; ominous; sinister: threatening clouds.
Origin of threatening
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Examples from the Web for nonthreatening
And the nonthreatening names on the labels like “Mr. Smiley” and “Scooby Snax” do nothing to scare off potential consumers.Feds Smoke Out Synthetic Weed Dealers’ Online Empire
June 16, 2014
Keep in mind that “a pregnant pause is a very useful, nonthreatening technique.”Atheist Philosopher Peter Boghossian’s Guide to Converting Believers
November 2, 2013
He had a reputation for inserting himself into meetings, but because of his nonthreatening demeanor, nobody objected.Britney Spears and Jason Trawick: He’s Her Fiancé, Manager, and Conservator
September 11, 2012
Apparently, much of the early confrontation was nonthreatening.George Zimmerman: No Regrets & More—Sean Hannity Interview Highlights (VIDEO)
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July 19, 2012