innocuous

  • 1innocuous — [i näk′yo͞o əs] adj. [L innocuus < in , not + nocuus, harmful < nocere, to harm, injure: see NECRO ] 1. that does not injure or harm; harmless [an innocuous insect] 2. not controversial, offensive, or stimulating; dull and uninspiring [an… …

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  • 2Innocuous — In*noc u*ous, a. [L. innocuus; in not + nocuus hurtful, fr. nocere to hurt. See {Innocent}.] Harmless; producing no ill effect. [1913 Webster] A patient, innocuous, innocent man. Burton. {In*noc u*ous*ly}, adv. {In*noc u*ous*ness}, n. [1913… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3innocuous — I adjective harmless, hurtless, innocent, innocuus, innoxious, inoffensive, mild, nonirritating, nonmalignant, nontoxic, painless, safe, simple, uninjurious, unlikely to cause harm, unlikely to cause injury, unobjectionable, unobnoxious,… …

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  • 4innocuous — 1590s, from L. innocuus harmless, from in not (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + nocuus hurtful, from root of nocere to injure, harm, from *nok s , suffixed form of PIE root *nek death (see NECRO (Cf …

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  • 5innocuous — *harmless, innocent, inoffensive, unoffending Antonyms: pernicious Contrasted words: *poisonous, venomous, virulent, toxic: injurious, harmful, hurtful (see corresponding nouns at INJURY) …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6innocuous — [adj] harmless banal, bland, flat, innocent, innoxious, inobnoxious, inoffensive, insipid, jejune, kind, painless, safe, sapless, unobjectionable, unoffending, weak; concepts 401,572 Ant. bad, damaging, destructive, harmful, hurtful, injurious …

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  • 7innocuous — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not harmful or offensive. DERIVATIVES innocuously adverb innocuousness noun. ORIGIN Latin innocuus, from in not + nocere to hurt …

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  • 8innocuous — adj. VERBS ▪ appear, be, look, seem ADVERB ▪ perfectly, totally ▪ His comment seemed perfectly innocuous …

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  • 9innocuous — innocuously, adv. innocuousness, innocuity /in euh kyooh i tee/, n. /i nok yooh euhs/, adj. 1. not harmful or injurious; harmless: an innocuous home remedy. 2. not likely to irritate or offend; inoffensive; an innocuous remark. 3. not interesting …

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  • 10innocuous — [[t]ɪnɒ̱kjuəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED Something that is innocuous is not at all harmful or offensive. [FORMAL] Both mushrooms look innocuous but are in fact deadly... Even seemingly innocuous words are offensive in certain contexts. Syn: inoffensive …

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  • 11innocuous — adjective /ɪˈnɒkjuəs,ɪˈnɑːkjuəs/ a) Harmless; producing no ill effect. The shells fell for the most part innocuous; an eyewitness saw children at play beside the flaming houses; not a soul was injured. b) Inoffensive; unprovocative; not… …

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  • 12innocuous — in|noc|u|ous [ıˈnɔkjuəs US ıˈna:k ] adj [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: innocuus, from nocere; INNOCENT1] not offensive, dangerous, or harmful ▪ an innocuous remark ▪ He s a perfectly innocuous young man. >innocuously adv …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13innocuous — in|noc|u|ous [ ı nakjuəs ] adjective not likely to offend or upset anyone: an innocuous remark/suggestion a. not likely to harm or hurt anyone or anything: an innocuous substance found in some types of fungi ╾ in|noc|u|ous|ly adverb …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14innocuous — adjective not offensive, dangerous, or harmful: an innocuous remark | Those innocuous looking cases contain enough explosive to destroy this building. innocuously adverb innocuousness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15innocuous — adjective 1) an innocuous fungus Syn: harmless, safe, nontoxic, innocent; edible, eatable Ant: harmful, toxic 2) an innocuous comment Syn: inoffensive …

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  • 16innocuous — UK [ɪˈnɒkjuəs] / US [ɪˈnɑkjuəs] adjective a) not likely to offend or upset anyone an innocuous remark/suggestion b) not likely to harm or hurt anyone or anything an innocuous substance found in some types of fungi Derived word: innocuously adverb …

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  • 17innocuous — in•noc•u•ous [[t]ɪˈnɒk yu əs[/t]] adj. 1) not harmful or injurious; harmless: an innocuous home remedy[/ex] 2) not likely to irritate or offend; inoffensive; an innocuous remark[/ex] • Etymology: 1590–1600; < L innocuus. See in III, nocuous… …

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  • 18innocuous — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. harmless, mild, inoffensive. See health, innocence, good.Ant., harmful, dangerous. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. harmless, inoffensive, bland, weak; see dull 4 , harmless 2 , kind . III (Roget s 3… …

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  • 19innocuous — adjective Etymology: Latin innocuus, from in + nocēre Date: 1598 1. producing no injury ; harmless 2. not likely to give offense or to arouse strong feelings or hostility ; inoffensive, insipid • innocuously adverb • innocuousness …

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  • 20innocuous — Harmless. SYN: innoxious. [L. innocuus] * * * in·noc·u·ous in äk yə wəs adj producing no injury: not harmful in·noc·u·ous·ly adv * * * in·noc·u·ous (ĭ nokґu əs) harmless …

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