nocuous

[ nok-yoo-uh s ]
/ ˈnɒk yu əs /

adjective

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

Related forms

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

nocuously, adverbnocuousness, noun

Word Origin for nocuous

C17: from Latin nocuus, from nocēre to hurt
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