inoffensive

  • 1 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 inoffensive — index blameless, harmless, innocuous, irreprehensible, nontoxic, pardonable, peaceable, unobjectionable …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 inoffensive — 1590s, from IN (Cf. in ) (1) not, opposite of + OFFENSIVE (Cf. offensive). Related: Inoffensively; inoffensiveness …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 inoffensive — *harmless, innocuous, innocent, unoffending Antonyms: offensive Contrasted words: loathsome, repulsive, revolting (see OFFENSIVE): distasteful, obnoxious, repellent, *repugnant …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 inoffensive — [adj] not obnoxious; harmless calm, clean, friendly, humble, innocent, innocuous, innoxious, mild, neutral, nonprovocative, peaceable, pleasant, quiet, retiring, safe, unobjectionable, unobtrusive, unoffending; concepts 267,542 Ant. damaging,… …

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  • 6 inoffensive — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not objectionable or harmful. DERIVATIVES inoffensively adverb inoffensiveness noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 inoffensive — [in΄ə fen′siv] adj. not offensive; not objectionable; causing no harm, discomfort, or annoyance inoffensively adv. inoffensiveness n …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 inoffensive — ● inoffensif, inoffensive adjectif Qui n attaque pas l homme, qui n est pas dangereux : Un animal inoffensif. Qui n est pas agressif : Un malade mental inoffensif. Qui est incapable de répondre à une attaque, qui manque de caractère : Un être… …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 9 inoffensive — [[t]ɪ̱nəfe̱nsɪv[/t]] ADJ GRADED If you describe someone or something as inoffensive, you mean that they are not unpleasant or unacceptable in any way, but are perhaps rather dull. He s a mild inoffensive man... It s a very nice song. Catchy, and… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 inoffensive — inoffensively, adv. inoffensiveness, n. /in euh fen siv/, adj. 1. causing no harm, trouble, or annoyance: a mild, inoffensive man. 2. not objectionable, as to the senses: an inoffensive odor. [1590 1600; IN 3 + OFFENSIVE] Syn. 1. harmless,… …

    Universalium

  • 11 inoffensive — in|of|fen|sive [ˌınəˈfensıv] adj unlikely to offend or upset anyone ▪ Her husband was a small, inoffensive looking man …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 inoffensive — in|of|fen|sive [ ,ınə fensıv ] adjective unlikely to offend anyone: an inoffensive little man ╾ in|of|fen|sive|ly adverb ╾ in|of|fen|sive|ness noun uncount …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 inoffensive — adjective unlikely to offend anyone: Her husband was a small, inoffensive looking man. inoffensively adverb inoffensiveness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 inoffensive — adjective many people are challenging your contention that these were inoffensive remarks Syn: harmless, innocuous, unobjectionable, unexceptionable; nonviolent, nonaggressive, mild, peaceful, peaceable, gentle; tame, innocent …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 15 inoffensive — UK [ˌɪnəˈfensɪv] / US adjective unlikely to offend anyone Her husband turned out to be an inoffensive little man. Derived words: inoffensively adverb inoffensiveness noun uncountable …

    English dictionary

  • 16 inoffensive — in•of•fen•sive [[t]ˌɪn əˈfɛn sɪv[/t]] adj. 1) causing no harm, trouble, or annoyance; innocuous 2) not objectionable, as to the senses: an inoffensive odor[/ex] in of•fen′sive•ly, adv. in of•fen′sive•ness, n …

    From formal English to slang

  • 17 inoffensive — /ɪnəˈfɛnsɪv / (say inuh fensiv) adjective 1. doing no harm; harmless; unoffending: a mild, inoffensive man. 2. not objectionable, or not being a cause of offence. –inoffensively, adverb –inoffensiveness, noun …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 18 inoffensive — adjective Date: 1646 1. causing no harm or injury 2. a. giving no provocation ; peaceable b. not objectionable to the senses • inoffensively adverb • inoffensiveness noun …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 19 inoffensive — adjective a) not offensive b) harmless …

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  • 20 inoffensive — Synonyms and related words: admissible, allowable, benign, condonable, defensible, dispensable, excusable, exemptible, expiable, forgivable, harmless, innocent, innocuous, justifiable, legitimate, nonmalignant, nonpoisonous, nontoxic, nonvirulent …

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