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
This leaves plenty of room for harmless teasing - mutual, joyful, ulterior-motive-free.
Talk about a thought-to-be-harmless toy spiraling out of control.
For some this was harmless amusement, a 1920s version of a Tough Mudder race.
Attention, though, soon shifts from that seemingly harmless stunt, as the body of a music teacher is found at the base of a cliff.
The smoke is nontoxic, dissipates quickly and is harmless, but residents with respiratory issues may want to take precautions until testing is complete, the release.
His colleagues, meanwhile, have reportedly sheathed their daggers, having determined that Priebus is essentially harmless.
Although seemingly harmless, these items are being taken out during class causing a distraction to students and staff.
The good news is, despite the size, the spider is 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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