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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
in•noc•u•ous /ɪˈnɑkyuəs/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. not harmful;
    harmless:innocuous home medicine.
  2. not likely to irritate;
    inoffensive:just an innocuous remark about the weather.
in•noc•u•ous•ly, adv. 
in•noc•u•ous•ness, n. [uncountable]See -noc-, -nox-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
in•noc•u•ous  (i nokyo̅o̅ əs),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. not harmful or injurious; harmless:an innocuous home remedy.
  2. not likely to irritate or offend;
    an innocuous remark.
  3. not interesting, stimulating, or significant;
    insipid:an innocuous novel.
in•nocu•ous•ly, adv. 
in•nocu•ous•ness, in•no•cu•i•ty  (in′ə kyo̅o̅i tē),USA pronunciation n. 
  • Latin innocuus. See in-3, nocuous
  • 1590–1600

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

innocuous /ɪˈnɒkjʊəs/ adj
  1. having little or no adverse or harmful effect; harmless
Etymology: 16th Century: from Latin innocuus harmless, from in-1 + nocēre to harm

inˈnocuously adv inˈnocuousness, innocuity /ˌɪnəˈkjuːɪtɪ/ n


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