View synonyms for inoffensive


[ in-uh-fen-siv ]


  1. causing no harm, trouble, or annoyance:

    a mild, inoffensive man.

    Synonyms: unoffending, innocuous, harmless

  2. not objectionable, as to the senses:

    an inoffensive odor.


/ ˌɪnəˈfɛnsɪv /


  1. not giving offence; unobjectionable
  2. not unpleasant, poisonous, or harmful
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Derived Forms

  • ˌinofˈfensiveness, noun
  • ˌinofˈfensively, adverb
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Other Words From

  • inof·fensive·ly adverb
  • inof·fensive·ness noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of inoffensive1

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

He is as submissive as a truck, as inoffensive as a bulldozer, as gentle as a power-driven lawnmower.

Not terrible, not brilliant, not good, but amiable, uneventful, inoffensive.

It was a short, inoffensive video message which simply stated “thanks for the follow!”

Is the word Redskin somehow uniquely inoffensive among racial and ethnic slurs?

In other words, most of these women were not bland, inoffensive “sweater gays”; they were RuPaul.

If you want your singers grateful, bland, and forever inoffensive, this is not the show for you.

Their discipline is admirable, but their natural disposition is likewise quiet and inoffensive.

The city hell hounds sprang to meet them and the slaughter of inoffensive Europeans began in Darya Gunj.

Margaret laughed outright and her laughter was so inoffensive and so musical that the Chief Inspector laughed also.

Mr. Bailey was a quiet, inoffensive man, very free with his money to everybody around.

You should never venture on the most innocent and inoffensive joke, unless it be with people of culture or intelligence.


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