inoffensive

[ in-uh-fen-siv ]
/ ˌɪn əˈfɛn sɪv /

adjective

causing no harm, trouble, or annoyance: a mild, inoffensive man.
not objectionable, as to the senses: an inoffensive odor.

Nearby words

  1. inoculant,
  2. inoculate,
  3. inoculation,
  4. inoculum,
  5. inodorous,
  6. inofficious,
  7. inofficious will,
  8. inoperable,
  9. inoperative,
  10. inoperculate

Origin of inoffensive

First recorded in 1590–1600; in-3 + offensive

Related formsin·of·fen·sive·ly, adverbin·of·fen·sive·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for inoffensive

inoffensive

/ (ˌɪnəˈfɛnsɪv) /

adjective

not giving offence; unobjectionable
not unpleasant, poisonous, or harmful
Derived Formsinoffensively, adverbinoffensiveness, noun

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Word Origin and History for inoffensive

inoffensive

adj.

1590s, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + offensive. Related: Inoffensively; inoffensiveness.

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