nonconfrontational

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Etymology[edit]

non- +‎ confrontational

Adjective[edit]

nonconfrontational (comparative more nonconfrontational, superlative most nonconfrontational)

  1. Not confrontational; approaching a dispute indirectly
    • 2007 April 17, Barron H. Lerner, “In a Hospital Hierarchy, Speaking Up Is Hard to Do”, New York Times:
      Of course, [] physicians and students need to be educated about how to give feedback in professional and nonconfrontational ways.
    • 2009 July 25, Frank Rich, “And That's Not the Way It Is”, New York Times:
      Just a few days before McNamara died, Politico uncovered a particularly graphic example involving The Post: an invitation to lobbyists to shell out $25,000 to $250,000 to sponsor off-the-record, nonconfrontational "salons" where they could mix with what a promotional flier called "the right people" and "alter the debate."