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innocuous

[ih-nok-yoo-uh s] /ɪˈnɒk yu əs/
adjective
1.
not harmful or injurious; harmless:
an innocuous home remedy.
2.
not likely to irritate or offend; inoffensive; an innocuous remark.
3.
not interesting, stimulating, or significant; pallid; insipid:
an innocuous novel.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Latin innocuus. See in-3, nocuous
Related forms
innocuously, adverb
innocuousness, innocuity
[in-uh-kyoo-i-tee] /ˌɪn əˈkyu ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
uninnocuous, adjective
uninnocuously, adverb
uninnocuousness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for in-nocuous

innocuous

/ɪˈnɒkjʊəs/
adjective
1.
having little or no adverse or harmful effect; harmless
Derived Forms
innocuously, adverb
innocuousness, innocuity (ˌɪnəˈkjuːɪtɪ) noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin innocuus harmless, from in-1 + nocēre to harm
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Contemporary definitions for in-nocuous
adjective

unlikely to arouse strong feeling; insipid

Word Origin

Latin in- + nocere 'to injure'

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Word Origin and History for in-nocuous

innocuous

adj.

1590s, from Latin innocuus "harmless," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + nocuus "hurtful," from root of nocere "to injure, harm," from *nok-s-, suffixed form of PIE root *nek- "death" (see necro-). Related: Innocuously; innocuousness.

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in-nocuous in Medicine

innocuous in·noc·u·ous (ĭ-nŏk'yōō-əs)
adj.
Having no adverse effect; harmless.

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