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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Recent Examples on the Web Had the penta-kill scenario played out in any other country, the online speculation would have been harmless. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, 1 Oct. 2021 Even if her stories are harmless, people were laughing. Ben Rosenstock, Vulture, 20 Sep. 2021 While these bacteria build up an infant's gut microbiome and are overall harmless, Matson recommended patients first seek medical attention for any infection before self-treating with breast milk. Miriam Fauzia, USA TODAY, 31 Aug. 2021 The AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine is made with a similar technology as Johnson & Johnson's shot, using a harmless virus to deliver into the body instructions for a piece of the virus that causes COVID-19. Miriam Fauzia, USA TODAY, 13 Aug. 2021 AstraZeneca’s vaccine, based on a different technology and authorized for use in Europe and the U.K., delivers a harmless chimpanzee virus carrying similar directions. Peter Loftus, WSJ, 23 Feb. 2021 That’s counterintuitive in a time where politics is scorned as a divisive and inflammatory form of cultural theater, a little like professional wrestling but not as harmless. Marshall Ingwerson, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 Sep. 2021 Dangerous theories have always existed, but there used to be at least a sprinkling of genuinely fascinating and harmless ones to talk about at dinner parties. Angela Watercutter, Wired, 3 Sep. 2021 Clocking in at 40-feet long, whale sharks are the world’s largest fish and completely harmless to humans thanks to their exclusive diet of microscopic plankton. Roger Sands, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of harmless

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 Oct 2021

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“Harmless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/harmless. Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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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

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harmlessly adverb
harmlessness noun

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