Definition of inoffensive in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌinəˈfensiv/


Not objectionable or harmful: the water ouzel is an agile, inoffensive creature inoffensive wallpaper
More example sentences
  • He was a quiet, inoffensive gentleman of the old style, who devoted his time to his work and family.
  • Still, it is inoffensive and harmless, and even a little bit cute in its own way.
  • Here he portrayed his wife, not as mild or inoffensive, but as argumentative and idle.
harmless, innocuous, unobjectionable, unexceptionable;
nonviolent, nonaggressive, mild, peaceful, peaceable, gentle;
tame, innocent



Pronunciation: /ˌinəˈfensəvlē/
Example sentences
  • They are inoffensively patterned and meticulously maintained, with fluffy robes in the bathroom, DVDs by the TV and home-made biscuits at the bedside.
  • I tread cautiously here, firstly because my one posted review, which has no comments as of this writing, is quite weak, if inoffensively so.
  • That these inoffensively dull tracks are collected as a Big Statement, something the artist has longed to get off his chest, is a little depressing - and not in a good way.


Pronunciation: /ˌinəˈfensəvnəs/
Example sentences
  • We can root out every error, every plagiarist, every bias - but it won't do any good if we replace them with a gutless inoffensiveness.
  • Too much reliance is placed on the leader's inoffensiveness and past success, too little on leading debate on neglected issues such as the environment and housing.
  • His handsome appearance, conservatism, inoffensiveness, and uplifting speaking style earned him the Republican presidential nomination as a compromise candidate in 1920.

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Syllabification: in·of·fen·sive

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