- not harmful or injurious; harmless: an innocuous home remedy.
- not likely to irritate or offend; inoffensive; an innocuous remark.
- not interesting, stimulating, or significant; pallid; insipid: an innocuous novel.
Origin of innocuous
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Examples from the Web for innocuous
The contrarians of the world went full Oliver Stone on the innocuous tune, branding it “problematic” and “anti-feminist.”‘All About That Bass’ Singer Meghan Trainor On Haters and Her Polarizing (and Unlikely) No. 1 Hit
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One faction contends violent games invite real-world brutality, and the other faction defends violent games as innocuous.Playing Violent Video Games Makes You a Better Person, Study Says
July 4, 2014
It feels like an innocuous moment, it should be an innocuous moment, but such moments are like serrated precipices.Why 7 Times 8 Tripped Up the UK Chancellor
July 4, 2014
On May 24, 2012, Senator Jon Kyl, an Arizona Republican, gave an innocuous interview to a visiting journalist from Turkey.The Hedonistic, Possibly Holocaust-Denying Sect That’s Hoodwinking Republican Congressmen
April 19, 2014
More than one used the term “innocuous” to describe the laws.How Anti-Gay Will Mississippi’s ‘New’ Religious Freedom Bill Be?
March 11, 2014
Has the art censor decided that the photographs are innocuous, or that they are art?
To conclude our voyage, we have six or seven days of "innocuous desuetude."Shadow and Light
Mifflin Wistar Gibbs
When on the march, the army ants are as innocuous at two inches as at two miles.Edge of the Jungle
Tomfoolery, nonsense; trashy, mild, and innocuous literature.The Slang Dictionary
John Camden Hotten
That is as innocuous a statement as ever was penned of the objects of any organization.The Great American Fraud
Samuel Hopkins Adams
- having little or no adverse or harmful effect; harmless
C16: from Latin innocuus harmless, from in- 1 + nocēre to harm
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Word Origin and History for innocuous
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Having no adverse effect; harmless.
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