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Definitions for innocuous
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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.

  2. innocuousadjective

    Inoffensive; unprovocative; not exceptional.

  3. Etymology: From innocuus.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. INNOCUOUSadjective

    Harmless in effects.

    Etymology: innocuus, Latin.

    The most dangerous poisons, skilfully managed, may be made not only innocuous, but of all other medicines the most effectual. Nehemiah Grew, Cosmol.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Innocuousadjective

    harmless; producing no ill effect; innocent

  2. 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. Daniel Roth:

    The composition of the SCSRT (Iran’s Supreme Council for Science, Research and Technology)– which includes the President of Iran as well as several Government Ministers – shows how central both the SCSRT and UNIDO are to the regime’s scientific and technological policies, we know that Iran is prepared to exploit any avenue to advance its nuclear program. Even the most seemingly innocuous routes like academic exchange with European universities are targets.

  2. Michael Kofman:

    The big question is why are units from the Central Military District 3,000 miles from their garrison hanging around for the winter ? it is difficult to find an innocuous explanation for the military activity that's been taking place.

  3. Donald Ellison:

    This indictment is filled with allegations of innocuous events that somehow the government has cobbled into a theory of bribery, it's not a crime to be friends with people you work with.

  4. Robin Dreeke:

    Where does this or that person hang out? Do they play golf, for example? Once they identify who exactly they need, what kind of access, they figure out that person's patterns of behavior … they would show up, like, on a tennis court if you are playing tennis. And they would strike a conversation with you and try to be your friend. And you have no idea that you've been targeted because it all looks so innocuous and accidental.

  5. Joshua Demasi:

    If Eric Rosenfeldt did indeed leave for good, that is too bad... I was merely seeking clarification about some of Eric Rosenfeldt posts and thought our interaction to be innocuous.

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    a protective covering (as for a knife or sword)
    • A. ignominy
    • B. sheath
    • C. ditch
    • D. vigorish

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