Definition of innocuous in English:

innocuous

Line breaks: in¦nocu|ous
Pronunciation: /ɪˈnɒkjʊəs
 
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adjective

Derivatives

innocuously

adverb
More 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.

innocuousness

noun
More 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.

Origin

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

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