Definition of inoffensive
1 : causing no harm or injury
2a : giving no provocation : peaceableb : not objectionable to the senses
Examples of inoffensive in a Sentence
The priest was a mild-mannered inoffensive fellow.
an inoffensive little joke at the opening of his speech
Recent Examples of inoffensive from the Web
Atlanta (CNN)Democrats tried an inoffensive moderate message in Georgia.
Actions that are ordinary and inoffensive in some circumstances can be extraordinary and threatening in others.
The quartet boasts a Hot Topic-friendly look, a mostly inoffensive sound and songs that are instantly catchy, yet ultimately forgettable.
Both songs are, relatively speaking, toothless, with borrowing so casual as to be inoffensive — there is no play for authenticity, only an acknowledgment of the genre’s universal appeal.
The sharp-toothed marine predator was an inoffensive neighbor, though — no doubt because only the fossilized bones, coated in beeswax to stop the destructive creep of pyrite disease, remained.
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First Known Use of inoffensive
INOFFENSIVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of inoffensive for English Language Learners
: not likely to offend or bother anyone : not offensive
INOFFENSIVE Defined for Kids
Definition of inoffensive for Students
: not likely to offend or bother anyone an inoffensive joke
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