innocuous

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.

The adjective innocuous is useful when you're talking about something that doesn't offend or injure anyone. Innocuous remarks or comments are meant kindly, and innocuous germs won't make you sick. An innocuous question is innocently curious, rather than aimed to hurt someone's feelings. The word comes from the Latin roots in-, "not," and nocere, "to injure or harm."

Definitions of innocuous
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adj not injurious to physical or mental health

Synonyms:
harmless
not causing or capable of causing harm
innoxious
having no adverse effect
Antonyms:
noxious
injurious to physical or mental health
harmful
causing or capable of causing harm
baneful, deadly, pernicious, pestilent
exceedingly harmful
corrupting, degrading
harmful to the mind or morals
vesicant, vesicatory
causing blisters
toxic
of or relating to or caused by a toxin or poison
unwholesome
detrimental to physical or moral well-being
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adj lacking intent or capacity to injure

Synonyms:
innocent
harmless
not causing or capable of causing harm

adj not causing disapproval

“it was an innocuous remark”
“confined himself to innocuous generalities”
Synonyms:
unobjectionable
inoffensive
giving no offense

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