- 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 innocuously
The company is innocuously and indirectly but also somehow reasonably called Washington River Protection Solutions.At the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, a Steady Drip of Toxic Trouble
February 24, 2013
And, today, Crossroads GPS begins running an ad, innocuously entitled “Basketball,” in 10 swing states.GOP to Women: Obama’s Your Guilty Pleasure
May 23, 2012
Pistols might have been innocuously discharged for all that was known to the contrary.Miss Mapp
Edward Frederic Benson
Therefore I take it away as innocuously as possible, and touch his soft pompadour, in passing, with a reverent hand.Life's Minor Collisions
It could start as innocuously as a businessman planning a more effective advertising campaign.The Sensitive Man
Poul William Anderson
At that advanced time of life, too, a few occasional irregularities in the field may be innocuously permitted.Dog Breaking
William Nelson Hutchinson
Where you find sin, go ahead and denounce it mercilessly; but do it crisply, cuttingly, not dully and innocuously.The Young Man and the World
Albert J. Beveridge
- 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 innocuously
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Having no adverse effect; harmless.
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