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. Origin of innocuous
dating back to
nocuous Related forms in·noc·u·ous·ly, adverb in·noc·u·ous·ness, in·no·cu·i·ty , [in- uh- kyoo-i-tee] /ˌɪn əˈkyu ɪ ti/ noun un·in·noc·u·ous, adjective un·in·noc·u·ous·ly, adverb un·in·noc·u·ous·ness, noun
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Related Words for innocuousness blandness
staleness Examples from the Web for innocuousness Historical Examples of innocuousness British Dictionary definitions for innocuousness adjective having little or no adverse or harmful effect; harmless Derived Forms innocuously, adverb innocuousness or innocuity ( ˌɪnəˈkjuːɪtɪ), noun Word Origin for innocuous
C16: from Latin
innocuus harmless, from in- 1 + nocēre to harm
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Word Origin and History for innocuousness adj.
1590s, from Latin
innocuus "harmless," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + nocuus "hurtful," from root of nocere "to injure, harm," from *nok-s-, suffixed form of PIE root *nek- "death" (see necro-). Related: Innocuously; innocuousness.
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innocuousness in Medicine adj. Having no adverse effect; harmless.
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