non-lethal

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

non- +‎ lethal

Adjective[edit]

non-lethal (not comparable)

  1. Not capable of causing death.
    Because animals can become bait shy when they consume a non-lethal dose that merely makes them sick, it is generally recommended that the applicator pre-bait the animals with untreated bait.
  2. Designed to cause incapacitation without causing death.
    Government officials think a universal malodor, or offensive odor, might prove effective as a non-lethal weapon.

Noun[edit]

non-lethal (plural non-lethals)

  1. Any weapon that incapacitates without causing death.