Innocuous meaning

ĭ-nŏkyo͝o-əs
The definition of innocuous is not harmful or not likely to offend.

An example of innocuous is playful teasing between friends.

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Not likely to offend or provoke to strong emotion; insipid.
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That does not injure or harm; harmless.

An innocuous insect.

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Having no adverse effect; harmless.
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Harmless; producing no ill effect.
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Not controversial, offensive, or stimulating; dull and uninspiring.

An innocuous speech.

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Origin of innocuous

  • From Latin innocuus in- not in–1 nocuus harmful (from nocēre to harm nek-1 in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin innocuus (“harmless”).

    From Wiktionary