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innocuous

[ ih-nok-yoo-uhs ]
/ ɪˈnɒk yu əs /
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adjective

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.

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Origin of innocuous

From the Latin word innocuus, dating back to 1590–1600. See in-3, nocuous

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British Dictionary definitions for innocuous

innocuous
/ (ɪˈnɒkjʊəs) /

adjective

having little or no adverse or harmful effect; harmless

Derived forms of innocuous

innocuously, adverbinnocuousness or innocuity (ˌɪnəˈkjuːɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for innocuous

C16: from Latin innocuus harmless, from in- 1 + nocēre to harm
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Medical definitions for innocuous

innocuous
[ ĭ-nŏkyōō-əs ]

adj.

Having no adverse effect; harmless.
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