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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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 Symptoms arise when your immune system completely overreacts to a harmless substance. Jessica Toscano, SELF, "Here's What It Means If You Got a Skin Reaction From Your Makeup," 1 Mar. 2019 Through a different lens, parachutes don't do anything at all because jumping from a plane on the ground is 100 percent harmless, and there's a study to prove it. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Study Shows Parachutes Are Totally Worthless," 17 Dec. 2018 At the time Northam and Herring put on black makeup, Hollywood and popular culture still sent messages that racial stereotypes and racist imagery were comical and harmless, despite pleas from civil rights groups and black newspapers. Russell Contreras, The Seattle Times, "Before multiculturalism, blackface rampant in US pop culture," 10 Feb. 2019 Toothpaste seems pretty harmless, but using too much can cause problems. Korin Miller, SELF, "Kids Are Using Too Much Toothpaste and It's Actually a Problem," 5 Feb. 2019 Most people who ingest CBD report feeling relaxed and a little sleepy, which seems pretty harmless since that’s how most people report feeling after ingesting Ken Burns’ Jazz. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "How Hard Should We Lean into This Whole CBD Coffee Trend?," 16 Aug. 2018 What may seem harmless — allowing Facebook to create an impression of your face — can be more telling than some people think. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Facebook wants to save your face. Should you say yes to facial recognition?," 19 Apr. 2018 All signs point to a future besmirched by the likes of Pablo Escobar, compared to whom the current combatants are harmless villagers. WSJ, "‘Birds of Passage’ Review: Splendor and the Grass," 14 Feb. 2019

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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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