harmless
adjective Date: 14th century 1. free from harm, liability, or loss 2. lacking capacity or intent to injure ; innocuous <
a harmless joke
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harmlessly adverbharmlessness noun

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  • harmless — harmless, innocuous, innocent, inoffensive, unoffending are comparable when meaning not having hurtful or injurious qualities. Harmless may be applied to whatever seems incapable of doing harm {poor harmless fly Shak.} {be ye therefore wise as… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • harmless — harm·less adj 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 harm·less·ly adv harm·less·ness n …   Law dictionary

  • Harmless — Harm less (h[aum]rm l[e^]s), a. 1. Free from harm; unhurt; as, to give bond to save another harmless. [1913 Webster] 2. Free from power or disposition to harm; innocent; inoffensive. The harmless deer. Drayton Syn: Innocent; innoxious; innocuous; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • harmless — c.1300, uninjured, from HARM (Cf. harm) (n.) + LESS (Cf. less). Meaning undamaged is from late 14c. Related: Harmlessly; harmlessness …   Etymology dictionary

  • harmless — [adj] not injurious or dangerous controllable, disarmed, gentle, guiltless, hurtless, innocent, innocuous, innoxious, inoffensive, inoperative, kind, manageable, naive, nonirritating, nontoxic, painless, paper tiger*, powerless, pussycat*,… …   New thesaurus

  • harmless — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not able or likely to cause harm. DERIVATIVES harmlessly adverb harmlessness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • harmless — [härm′lis] adj. 1. Rare not harmed 2. causing or seeking to cause no harm; not harmful; inoffensive harmlessly adv. harmlessness n …   English World dictionary

  • harmless — adj. 1) harmless to 2) harmless to + inf. (it s harmless to day dream) * * * [ hɑːmlɪs] harmless to harmless to + inf. (it s harmless to daydream) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • harmless — harm|less [ harmləs ] adjective * 1. ) not causing any harm: Their wrestling was just harmless fun. You can hold the snake, it s harmless. harmless to: Most of these bugs are harmless to us. 2. ) not likely to upset people or cause problems: She… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • harmless — [[t]hɑ͟ː(r)mləs[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED Something that is harmless does not have any bad effects, especially on people s health. Industry has been working at developing harmless substitutes for these gases... This experiment was harmless to the… …   English dictionary

  • harmless */ — UK [ˈhɑː(r)mləs] / US [ˈhɑrmləs] adjective 1) not causing any harm Their wrestling was just harmless fun. You can hold the snake: it s harmless. harmless to: Most of these bugs are harmless to us. 2) not likely to upset people or to cause… …   English dictionary

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