- without the power or desire to do harm; innocuous: He looks mean but he's harmless; a harmless Halloween prank.
- without injury; unhurt; unharmed.
- hold harmless, Law. to relieve from responsibility or liability for any damage or loss.Also save harmless.
Origin of harmless
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1. inoffensive, mild, innocent, unobjectionable, benign.
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Examples from the Web for harmless
Knowing the fellow to be both poor and harmless, I quietly gave him one.A Million Ways to Die in Prison
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He's harmless, with his drawl and his round pink face that shines with admiration.The Bacillus of Beauty
Thus our conversation ran--decorous and harmless enough, in all conscience.In the Valley
But the harmless chearfulness of their conversation did not last long.
I am as harmless and as chearly as the little red-breast that pecks out of my hand?
And especially the cruel to the poor, harmless dumb creatures.
- not causing any physical or mental damage or injury
- unlikely to annoy or worry peoplea harmless sort of man
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Word Origin and History for harmless
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