inoffensive

adjective in·of·fen·sive \ ˌin-ə-ˈfen(t)-siv \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of inoffensive

1 : causing no harm or injury
2 a : giving no provocation : peaceable
b : 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

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First Known Use of inoffensive

1646


INOFFENSIVE Defined for English Language Learners

inoffensive

adjective

Definition of inoffensive for English Language Learners

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


INOFFENSIVE Defined for Kids

inoffensive

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

Definition of inoffensive for Students

: not likely to offend or bother anyone
  • an inoffensive joke


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