innocuous


innocuous
adj.
VERBS
appear, be, look, seem
ADVERB
perfectly, totally

His comment seemed perfectly innocuous.

fairly, pretty, quite, relatively

The liquid looked fairly innocuous.

enough

The question appeared innocuous enough, but I still did not trust her.

apparently, seemingly
Innocuous is used with these nouns: ↑substance

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  • innocuous — [i näk′yo͞o əs] adj. [L innocuus < in , not + nocuus, harmful < nocere, to harm, injure: see NECRO ] 1. that does not injure or harm; harmless [an innocuous insect] 2. not controversial, offensive, or stimulating; dull and uninspiring [an… …   English World dictionary

  • Innocuous — In*noc u*ous, a. [L. innocuus; in not + nocuus hurtful, fr. nocere to hurt. See {Innocent}.] Harmless; producing no ill effect. [1913 Webster] A patient, innocuous, innocent man. Burton. {In*noc u*ous*ly}, adv. {In*noc u*ous*ness}, n. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • innocuous — I adjective harmless, hurtless, innocent, innocuus, innoxious, inoffensive, mild, nonirritating, nonmalignant, nontoxic, painless, safe, simple, uninjurious, unlikely to cause harm, unlikely to cause injury, unobjectionable, unobnoxious,… …   Law dictionary

  • innocuous — 1590s, from L. innocuus harmless, from in not (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + nocuus hurtful, from root of nocere to injure, harm, from *nok s , suffixed form of PIE root *nek death (see NECRO (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • innocuous — *harmless, innocent, inoffensive, unoffending Antonyms: pernicious Contrasted words: *poisonous, venomous, virulent, toxic: injurious, harmful, hurtful (see corresponding nouns at INJURY) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • innocuous — [adj] harmless banal, bland, flat, innocent, innoxious, inobnoxious, inoffensive, insipid, jejune, kind, painless, safe, sapless, unobjectionable, unoffending, weak; concepts 401,572 Ant. bad, damaging, destructive, harmful, hurtful, injurious …   New thesaurus

  • innocuous — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not harmful or offensive. DERIVATIVES innocuously adverb innocuousness noun. ORIGIN Latin innocuus, from in not + nocere to hurt …   English terms dictionary

  • innocuous — innocuously, adv. innocuousness, innocuity /in euh kyooh i tee/, n. /i nok yooh euhs/, adj. 1. not harmful or injurious; harmless: an innocuous home remedy. 2. not likely to irritate or offend; inoffensive; an innocuous remark. 3. not interesting …   Universalium

  • innocuous — [[t]ɪnɒ̱kjuəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED Something that is innocuous is not at all harmful or offensive. [FORMAL] Both mushrooms look innocuous but are in fact deadly... Even seemingly innocuous words are offensive in certain contexts. Syn: inoffensive …   English dictionary

  • innocuous — adjective /ɪˈnɒkjuəs,ɪˈnɑːkjuəs/ a) Harmless; producing no ill effect. The shells fell for the most part innocuous; an eyewitness saw children at play beside the flaming houses; not a soul was injured. b) Inoffensive; unprovocative; not… …   Wiktionary


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