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nocuous

[ nok-yoo-uhs ]
/ ˈnɒk yu əs /
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adjective

likely to cause damage or injury; harmful; noxious.

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Origin of nocuous

First recorded in 1625–35; <Latin nocuus “harmful, injurious,” equivalent to noc(ēre) “to harm, hurt” + -uus adjective suffix; see -ous

OTHER WORDS FROM nocuous

noc·u·ous·ly, adverbnoc·u·ous·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for nocuous

nocuous
/ (ˈnɒkjʊəs) /

adjective

rare harmful; noxious

Derived forms of nocuous

nocuously, adverbnocuousness, noun

Word Origin for nocuous

C17: from Latin nocuus, from nocēre to hurt
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