Definition of innocuous in English:


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  • Not harmful or offensive.

    ‘it was an innocuous question’
    • ‘The question is why an innocuous Hollywood film should provoke such a reaction.’
    • ‘There are a number of issues here from what at the outset appears a pretty innocuous question.’
    • ‘At least one good thing I can say about this film is that it is fairly innocuous and gentle.’
    • ‘The editorial barely touches on this and simply goes on about how innocuous the Project was.’
    • ‘The sites in the photos have been inspected and found to be innocuous.’
    • ‘It is also true that some of the incriminating statements quoted in it are fairly innocuous.’
    • ‘Similarly, is it possible to develop or tweak software so that innocuous sites aren't blocked?’
    • ‘When this picture was taken it couldn't have seemed more innocuous.’
    • ‘The plastic foam box was covered in cloth to disguise it as an innocuous package.’
    • ‘Valentine Day email messages may not be as innocuous as they appear to be.’
    • ‘This weighty political analysis lurks behind a more innocuous form.’
    • ‘Even the most innocuous of subjects would contain a hidden meaning.’
    • ‘If this is about engineering reality, the goal seems innocuous enough.’
    • ‘I loved that as a line, because it's so innocuous, and it has more relevance as the movie goes on.’
    • ‘This may sound innocuous, but it is an important development and it could be key to dealing with doping in the future.’
    • ‘Honestly you would think that this would be quite an innocuous activity.’
    • ‘He seemed oblivious to the reception this innocuous comment was about to receive.’
    • ‘The scheme itself is, as Larry points out, pretty innocuous in isolation, just like bar codes.’
    • ‘Lurking within that innocuous title is the sense of an artform in crisis.’
    • ‘In that innocuous sentence is some essence of this great city, this great cruel city.’
    harmless, safe, non-dangerous, non-poisonous, non-toxic, non-irritant, non-injurious, innocent
    inoffensive, unobjectionable, unexceptionable, unoffending, harmless, mild, peaceful, gentle, tame, insipid
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/iˈnäkyo͞oəs/ /ɪˈnɑkjuəs/


Late 16th century from Latin innocuus, from in- ‘not’ + nocuus ‘injurious’ (see nocuous).