Inoffensively
Inoffensive In"of*fen"sive, a. [Pref. in- not + offensiue: cf. F. inoffensif.] 1. Giving no offense, or provocation; causing no uneasiness, annoyance, or disturbance; as, an inoffensive man, answer, appearance. [1913 Webster]

2. Harmless; doing no injury or mischief. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. Not obstructing; presenting no interruption or hindrance. [R.] --Milton. [1913 Webster]

So have I seen a river gently glide In a smooth course, and inoffensive tide. --Addison. -- {In"of*fen"sive*ly}, adv. -- {In"of*fen"sive*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]


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  • inoffensively — in·of·fen·sive·ly …   English syllables

  • inoffensively — See: inoffensive …   English dictionary

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