- likely to cause damage or injury; harmful; noxious.
Origin of nocuous
1625–35; < Latin nocuus harmful, injurious, equivalent to noc(ēre) to harm + -uus deverbal adj. suffix; see -ous
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Related Words for nocuousdangerous, deadly, harmful, injurious, malignant, poisonous, damaging, noxious
- rare harmful; noxious
Word Origin for nocuous
C17: from Latin nocuus, from nocēre to hurt
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1630s, "noxious, harmful," from Latin nocuus "harmful," from stem of nocere "to hurt, injure, harm" (see innocuous).
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