- 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 innocuousness
Recent utterances about the innocuousness of Australian snake-poison find a fitting answer in this melancholy occurrence.
This is erroneous and is based upon the assumed inefficacy and innocuousness of judicial injunctions.State of the Union Addresses of William H. Taft
William H. Taft
The adventure in the Scoop scared him for a while into innocuousness; then he resumed his game again with redoubled zest.Bob, Son of Battle
- 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 innocuousness
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Having no adverse effect; harmless.
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