harmless

adjective harm·less \ ˈhärm-ləs \
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

Definition of harmless

1 : free from harm, liability, or loss
2 : lacking capacity or intent to injure : innocuous
  • a harmless joke

harmlessly

adverb

harmlessness

noun

Examples of harmless in a Sentence

  1. His ideas seem harmless enough.

  2. We're just having a bit of harmless fun.

  3. It was just a harmless joke.

Recent Examples of harmless from the Web

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First Known Use of harmless

14th century


HARMLESS Defined for English Language Learners

harmless

adjective

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

harmless

adjective harm·less \ ˈhärm-ləs \

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

harmlessly

adverb

Law Dictionary

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

harmlessly

adverb

harmlessness

noun


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