harmless

adjective
harm·​less | \ ˈhärm-ləs How to pronounce harmless (audio) \

Definition of harmless

1 : free from harm, liability, or loss
2 : lacking capacity or intent to injure : innocuous a harmless joke

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Other Words from harmless

harmlessly adverb
harmlessness noun

Examples of harmless in a Sentence

His ideas seem harmless enough. We're just having a bit of harmless fun. It was just a harmless joke.
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Most of them are there to satisfy curiosity or a macabre, but harmless, interest in the school. Katie Reilly, Time, "'It’s Not a Museum. It’s Not a Mausoleum.' Columbine High School Could Be Torn Down As Safety Threats Mount," 7 June 2019 Somewhere along the way, CBD became the friendly, harmless, medicinal part of cannabis, and THC the intoxicating drug. Amber Senter, Marie Claire, "We Have to Acknowledge That CBD Use Is a Privilege," 11 Apr. 2019 In some individuals, IgE mistakenly attacks foreign substances that are actually harmless, such as foods, pollen, and animal dander. Shelby Deering, Good Housekeeping, "Skipping Spring Cleaning Can Make Allergies and Asthma Much Worse, According to Doctors," 22 Mar. 2019 But who knew that something seemingly harmless like clothing could, in fact, be extremely dangerous and detrimental to your health?! Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Kylie Jenner's Favorite Brand Fashion Nova Cautions That Their Swimsuits May Cause Cancer," 30 Apr. 2019 Something as seemingly harmless as trying a new dish at a restaurant could leave your stomach feeling wonky. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "How to Know If Your Abdominal Pain Is Physical or Mental," 16 Feb. 2019 Although the Sun can—and occasionally does—produce damaging solar storms, most solar weather is harmless. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "A Massive Solar Storm Is Hitting Earth This Weekend," 22 Mar. 2019 But Frederick Felman of the brand protection company MarkMonitor says even something that sounds as harmless as restricting automated access to personal information can create problems for law firms and security researchers. Klint Finley, WIRED, "Weighing Privacy vs. Security for the Internet's Address Book," 13 Mar. 2018 Dads, meanwhile, are easier to define, as simply harmless and corny — as basically dad jokes personified. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "Toward a taxonomy of men online," 14 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of harmless

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of harmless was in the 14th century

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harmless

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of harmless

: not causing harm : unable to cause harm : not dangerous : not meant to cause harm or offense

harmless

adjective
harm·​less | \ ˈhärm-ləs How to pronounce harmless (audio) \

Kids Definition of harmless

: not harmful “… the real issue is Mrs. Granger's reaction to a harmless little experiment with language …”— Andrew Clements, Frindle

Other Words from harmless

harmlessly adverb

harmless

adjective
harm·​less

Legal Definition of harmless

1 : free from harm, liability, or loss often used in the phrase to hold harmless — see also hold harmless
2 : lacking capacity or intent to injure

Other Words from harmless

harmlessly adverb
harmlessness noun

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