Non-offensive



[uh-fen-siv or for 4, 5, aw-fen-, of-en-] /əˈfɛn sɪv or for 4, 5, ˈɔ fɛn-, ˈɒf ɛn-/

adjective
1.
causing resentful displeasure; highly irritating, angering, or annoying:
offensive television commercials.
2.
unpleasant or disagreeable to the sense:
an offensive odor.
3.
repugnant to the moral sense, good taste, or the like; insulting:
an offensive remark; an offensive joke.
4.
pertaining to or attack:
the offensive movements of their troops.
5.
characterized by attack; aggressive:
offensive warfare.
noun
6.
the position or attitude of aggression or attack:
to take the offensive.
7.
an aggressive movement or attack:
a carefully planned naval offensive.
/əˈfɛnsɪv/
adjective
1.
unpleasant or disgusting, as to the senses
2.
causing anger or annoyance; insulting
3.
for the purpose of attack rather than defence
noun
4.
the offensive, an attitude or position of aggression
5.
an assault, attack, or military initiative, esp a strategic one
adj.

“attacking” (1540s), “insulting” (1570s), both from Middle French offensif (16c.) and directly from Medieval Latin offensivus, from Latin offens-, past participle stem of offendere “offend” (see offend). Related: Offensively; offensiveness.
n.

“condition of attacking, aggressive action,” 1720, from offensive (adj.).

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