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harmless

[hahrm-lis] /ˈhɑrm lɪs/
adjective
1.
without the power or desire to do harm; innocuous:
He looks mean but he's harmless; a harmless Halloween prank.
2.
without injury; unhurt; unharmed.
Idioms
3.
hold harmless, Law. to relieve from responsibility or liability for any damage or loss.
Also, save harmless.
Origin of harmless
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English. See harm, -less
Related forms
harmlessly, adverb
harmlessness, noun
Synonyms
1. inoffensive, mild, innocent, unobjectionable, benign.
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  • You may scoff at it if you like, but it is pleasant and harmless and exceedingly comfortable.

    The Real Man Francis Lynde
  • Thus our conversation ran--decorous and harmless enough, in all conscience.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • Yet her tricks are harmless, and she herself is full of kindness.'

    Undine Friedrich de la Motte Fouque
  • But the harmless chearfulness of their conversation did not last long.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • It was a harmless lizard, but it appeared to me a loathsome reptile.

British Dictionary definitions for harmless

harmless

/ˈhɑːmlɪs/
adjective
1.
not causing any physical or mental damage or injury
2.
unlikely to annoy or worry people: a harmless sort of man
Derived Forms
harmlessly, adverb
harmlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for harmless
adj.

c.1300, "uninjured," from harm (n.) + -less. Meaning "undamaged" is from late 14c. Related: Harmlessly; harmlessness.

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