Definition of harmless
1 : free from harm, liability, or loss
2 : lacking capacity or intent to injure : innocuous a harmless joke
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.
Recent Examples of harmless from the Web
Although seemingly harmless, these items are being taken out during class causing a distraction to students and staff.
While the arachnids may have an intimidating appearance (their leg span can reach 3 to 5 inches) their bites are relatively harmless.
The injury had occurred 24 hours earlier, on a harmless ground ball inside Progressive Field.
When asked why his serve, with its harmless appearance, is so effective, Lim noted its precise location.
Everything is uniformly bland, harmless and forgettable.
One batter later, Kleist and the Ducks were out of the inning unscathed after a harmless dribbler to second.
These are young white people who go to these colleges who are going to have jobs and are gonna deny women opportunities and deny Latino people opportunities, deny gay people opportunities, these are not just random trolls that are harmless.
Eighty percent is a lot, but not quite enough to qualify as harmless.
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First Known Use of harmless
HARMLESS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of harmless for English Language Learners
: not causing harm : unable to cause harm : not dangerous : not meant to cause harm or offense
HARMLESS Defined for Kids
Definition of harmless for Students
: not harmful “… the real issue is Mrs. Granger's reaction to a harmless little experiment with language …” — Andrew Clements, Frindle
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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