inoffensive

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adjective in·of·fen·sive \ˌin-ə-ˈfen(t)-siv\

Definition of inoffensive

  1. 1 :  causing no harm or injury

  2. 2a :  giving no provocation :  peaceableb :  not objectionable to the senses

inoffensively

adverb

inoffensiveness

noun

Examples of inoffensive in a sentence

  1. The priest was a mild-mannered inoffensive fellow.

  2. an inoffensive little joke at the opening of his speech

1646

First Known Use of inoffensive

1646


INOFFENSIVE Defined for English Language Learners

inoffensive

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adjective in·of·fen·sive \ˌin-ə-ˈfen(t)-siv\

Definition of inoffensive for English Language Learners

  • : not likely to offend or bother anyone : not offensive


INOFFENSIVE Defined for Kids

inoffensive

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adjective in·of·fen·sive \ˌi-nə-ˈfen-siv\

Definition of inoffensive for Students

  1. :  not likely to offend or bother anyone an inoffensive joke



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