- 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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- having little or no adverse or harmful effect; harmless
Word Origin for innocuous
C16: from Latin innocuus harmless, from in- 1 + nocēre to harm
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Word Origin and History for innocuity
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Having no adverse effect; harmless.
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