harmless

adjective
harm·​less | \ ˈhärm-ləs \

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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Alex Gertner Chapel Hill, N.C. Kelsey Priest Portland, Ore. Marijuana isn’t harmless, especially in patients who already have another addiction. WSJ, "Arriving at the Least Bad Marijuana Policy," 11 Jan. 2019 But while masks for your hands, feet, backside, stomach, and chest can be helpful or, at the very least, harmless, the latest non-face sheet mask is questionable, to say the least. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Two L(i)ps Unveils an Activated Charcoal Sheet Mask for Vulvas," 21 Sep. 2018 Most strains are harmless, but some could cause serious illnesses if toxins are produced. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "E. coli killed British couple found dead in Egypt hotel, officials say," 12 Sep. 2018 People say marijuana is harmless, largely based on their own experiences with the drug. German Lopez, Vox, "Why you shouldn’t dismiss the risk of marijuana addiction," 20 Aug. 2018 In the past, trials like this have resulted in over-diagnosis, where doctors would recommend further tests for something that's harmless. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "AIs trained to help with sepsis treatment, fracture diagnosis," 27 Oct. 2018 Even Exxon Mobil’s $1 million gift to the advocacy group arguing for a carbon tax — the Baker Shultz plan — indemnifies them, holds them harmless for climate damages. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "Can consumer choices ward off the worst effects of climate change? An expert explains.," 12 Oct. 2018 Her comments are widely-reported on, and Twitter lives for every time Teigen dishes out a (harmless) jab. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Chrissy Teigen Has a Very Long, Hilarious History of Trolling John Legend," 17 July 2018 The pair laughed about it, and the whole things was pretty harmless. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Noah Centineo Apparently Ghosted Busy Phillips's Friend," 9 Nov. 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 \

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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