adjective in·noc·u·ous \i-ˈnä-kyə-wəs\

: not likely to bother or offend anyone

: causing no injury

Full Definition of INNOCUOUS

:  producing no injury :  harmless
:  not likely to give offense or to arouse strong feelings or hostility :  inoffensive, insipid
in·noc·u·ous·ly adverb
in·noc·u·ous·ness noun

Examples of INNOCUOUS

  1. He told a few innocuous jokes.
  2. <those innocuous lies we must tell every day if society is to remain civil>
  3. Gossip is a relatively innocuous manifestation; fashioning one's self as eternally battling a white America mired in racism is a more noisome one. —John McWhorter, Wall Street Journal, 17 Sept. 2003


Latin innocuus, from in- + nocēre (see innocent)
First Known Use: 1598


adjective in·noc·u·ous \in-ˈäk-yə-wəs\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of INNOCUOUS

:  producing no injury :  not harmful
in·noc·u·ous·ly adverb


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