disarming

When something's disarming, it calms hostility. A disarming smile from you can transform what could have been a tense conversation with an angry neighbor.

When you disarm a security system, it won't go off — everything is okay. The same thing happens when you act in a disarming way. A disarming gesture can make people feel less on their guard, like a famous actor whose disarming gesture shows he doesn't take himself so seriously after all. Disarming can also refer to the act of reducing military arms, or weapons.

Definitions of disarming
  1. noun
    act of reducing or depriving of arms
    synonyms: disarmament
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    Antonyms:
    armament, arming, equipping
    the act of equiping with weapons in preparation for war
    type of:
    demobilisation, demobilization
    act of changing from a war basis to a peace basis including disbanding or discharging troops
  2. adjective
    capable of allaying hostility
    Synonyms:
    unprovocative, unprovoking
    not provocative
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