nonfatal nonfatal  /ˈnɑn ˈfeɪ təl/


  • (adj) not bringing death


  1. The airline has experienced a long sequence of nonfatal mishaps.
  2. But no test is able to determine reliably whether the cancer is slow-growing and probably nonfatal or aggressive and in need of immediate treatment.
  3. First, mortality rates are a broad-brush health measurement and do not take into account nonfatal illnesses or fatal illnesses that take several years to develop, such as cancer.


  • Jackson homeowner's friend shot, dog killed during burglary

    House burglary suspects who are being sought by Jackson police reportedly shot and killed a homeowner's dog and delivered a nonfatal shot to a friend of the homeowner who was checking on the house Friday in Eastover.
    on July 2, 2013     Source: The Clarion-Ledger


  1. "The three gunshot wounds to the head included two nonfatal rounds with entry points below the chin, and one fatal shot that entered Peterson through the right side of the head," Van Hollen said.
    on Oct 10, 2007 By: JB Van Hollen Source: CNN

  2. "It's a frightening statistic. To think that the number of nonfatal shootings has doubled over such a short period of time indicates that there is something terribly wrong on the streets of Boston," said Jack Levin, a noted criminologist and...
    on Apr 2, 2006 By: Jack Levin Source: Boston Globe (registration)

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