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Say I'm talking about a car that has less of a tendency to crash than other cars. It is the opposite of a "crash-prone" car. But it isn't "crash-proof" either, in that you can crash it if you try hard enough.

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How about just crash-resistant?

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+1 That's what watchmakers do...they pull up short of saying their watches are water-proof and instead call them water-resistant. – JLG Apr 19 '12 at 16:39
Perfect, thank you! I feel kind of dumb now for not thinking of that....it felt like it was on the tip of my tongue! – rob Apr 19 '12 at 16:53
@JLG That's like Titanic: many people thought it to be sinking-proof, while it was in fact sinking-resistant. – Malcolm Apr 19 '12 at 18:37
@Malcom, From some accounts of that dreadful night, it wasn't even sink-resistant, let alone unsinkable. – JLG Apr 19 '12 at 18:44

both "-proof" and "-resistant" have connotations of being able to withstand a crash without taking as much damage as might be expected rather than being less likely to get into a crash in the first place, so I'll suggest "-avoidant". Although I'd probably recommend using it as in

The car has good crash-avoidance capabilities

because saying "the car is crash-avoidant" just sounds funny to me.

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Sounds like a car that can drive by itself, avoiding crashes. – annawie Apr 19 '12 at 17:26
@annawie: those exist – Cameron Apr 19 '12 at 18:41
Or -averse. Though both that and -avoidant suggest that the car has agency. – Henrik N Apr 19 '12 at 20:18

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