Innocuity

innocuous

[ih-nok-yoo-uhs]
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; < Latin innocuus. See in-3, nocuous

innocuously, adverb
innocuousness, innocuity [in-uh-kyoo-i-tee] , noun
uninnocuous, adjective
uninnocuously, adverb
uninnocuousness, noun
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innocuous (ɪˈnɒkjʊəs)
 
adj
having little or no adverse or harmful effect; harmless
 
[C16: from Latin innocuus harmless, from in-1 + nocēre to harm]
 
in'nocuously
 
adv
 
in'nocuousness
 
n
 
innocuity
 
n

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innocuous
1598, from L. innocuus "harmless," from in- "not" + nocuus "hurtful," from root of nocere "to injure, harm," from *nok-s-, suffixed form of PIE base *nek- "death" (see noxious).
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innocuous in·noc·u·ous (ĭ-nŏk'yōō-əs)
adj.
Having no adverse effect; harmless.

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