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Princeton's WordNet

  1. innocuousadjective

    not injurious to physical or mental health

  2. innocuous, unobjectionableadjective

    not causing disapproval

    "it was an innocuous remark"; "confined himself to innocuous generalities"; "unobjectionable behavior"

  3. innocent, innocuousadjective

    lacking intent or capacity to injure

    "an innocent prank"


  1. innocuousadjective

    Harmless; producing no ill effect.

    Etymology: From innocuus.

  2. innocuousadjective

    Inoffensive; unprovocative; not exceptional.

    Etymology: From innocuus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Innocuousadjective

    harmless; producing no ill effect; innocent

    Etymology: [L. innocuus; in- not + nocuus hurtful, fr. nocere to hurt. See Innocent.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Innocuous

    in-nok′ū-us, adj. not hurtful: harmless in effects.—adv. Innoc′uously.—ns. Innoc′uousness, Innocū′ity, the state of being innocuous. [L. innocuusin, not, nocuus, hurtful—nocēre, to hurt.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of innocuous in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of innocuous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of innocuous in a Sentence

  1. Robert Brown:

    This was a very innocuous situation that was escalated by the deputies, if those young men had not maintained their poise. Let's say they walked towards the officers to try to explain what had happened to them or if they reached for a cellphone to call their parents, they could have potentially been shot or seriously injured or killed.

  2. Gene Munster from Loup Ventures:

    While this tweet (after market hours) and the quick correction seem innocuous, the SEC isn't likely to cut Musk any slack, musk's unwillingness to follow the rules is part of what you have to be willing to accept as an investor in Tesla.

  3. Stella Lee:

    The inside of the nose is lined by a multitude of cilia( which look like a shag carpet under the microscope) that are constantly providing clearance of mucus, pathogens and inhaled particulates to the back of the nose by beating in a rhythmic motion, it is amazing that our noses can differentiate between potentially harmful pathogens and innocuous agents.

  4. Simon Mays:

    Being indoors away from sunshine was probably a key factor, infant care practices that were innocuous in a Mediterranean climate may have been enough to tip babies into vitamin D deficiency under cloudy northern skies.

  5. Joe Maddon:

    I saw nothing. I looked up and he was limping to the third base bag, it was kind of innocuous and I had no idea why. It was hurting him pretty good.

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