Something that's innocuous isn't harmful or likely to cause injury. Public figures like mayors and governors have to expect they'll get critical or even hurtful emails and phone calls, as well as more innocuous feedback.


Harmless; producing no ill effect; innocent.

Adjective S.
lacking intent or capacity to injure; "an innocent prank"

not injurious to physical or mental health

Adjective S.
not causing disapproval; "it was an innocuous remark"; "confined himself to innocuous generalities"; "unobjectionable behavior"

Adjective S.
unlikely to harm or disturb anyone; "harmless old man"

Harmless; producing no ill effect; innocent.


In*noc"u*ous , a. [L. innocuus; in- not + nocuus hurtful, fr. nocere to hurt. See Innocent.] Harmless; producing no ill effect; innocent.
A patient, innocuous, innocent man.
-- In*noc"u*ous*ly, adv. -- In*noc"u*ous*ness, n.
Where the salt sea innocuously breaks.

Harmless; producing no ill effect; innocent.


Usage Examples

Gluttony might be innocuous were it not for the fact that gluttons tend to disregard whether their self-serving behaviors harm anyone else. We don't need to look far and wide to find examples of gluttonous behavior, as they are numerous throughout the history of capitalism.

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