Definition of innocuous in English:

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Pronunciation: /iˈnäkyo͞oəs/


Not harmful or offensive: it was an innocuous question
More example sentences
  • 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.
harmless, safe, nontoxic, innocent;
edible, eatable
inoffensive, unobjectionable, unexceptionable, harmless, mild, tame, anodyne, soft-focus



Pronunciation: /iˈnäkyo͞oəslē/
Example sentences
  • There's some social housing, an old people's home, a bit of office space… and a small squat brick building lying innocuously in someone's front garden.
  • The Minister would dial the number of a prominent leader in the rival camp and innocuously leave the phone on, so that the rival camp would get graphic details of the discussions.
  • I smile and say something innocuously non-committal.


Pronunciation: /iˈnäkyo͞oəsnəs/
Example sentences
  • Other errors logged here have varying levels of innocuousness.
  • Cultural, legal, and scientific controversy swirls around the innocuousness, risks, or benefits of marijuana use and confuses public and professional perceptions.
  • But that's the hallmark of true evil - the sort that seduces you with its innocuousness and destroys you when you least expect.


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

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Syllabification: in·noc·u·ous

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