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 exceptional.

Other things, too, there were, not less deadly though seemingly innocuous—dried fungi, traps intended for birds, beasts, fishes, reptiles, and insects.

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  • 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

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

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