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innocuous

in·noc·u·ous

innocuous

 
pronunciation:
ih nak yu s
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: not capable of causing damage; harmless.
Some bacteria are innocuous or even beneficial to health.
synonyms:
harmless, innocent
antonyms:
destructive, noxious, pernicious
similar words:
benign, gentle, inoffensive, painless, safe
definition 2: having no annoying or offensive qualities.
There was an odor in the room, but it was innocuous.
synonyms:
inoffensive
antonyms:
offensive, troublesome
similar words:
bland, insipid, mild, painless, soft
definition 3: having no interest or value; insipid.
Innocuous movies like that put me to sleep.
synonyms:
bland, dry, dull, insipid, uninteresting
similar words:
banal, barren, empty, flat, humdrum, jejune, meaningless, monotonous, run-of-the-mill, tame, vapid
derivations: innocuously (adv.), innocuousness (n.)
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The word innocuous contains the following parts:
in-2 Latin prefix that means not, without
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The prefix in-2 occurs in Latin loanwords and attaches to Latinate bases. The bases of most words prefixed with in-2 are independent adjectives (inadvertent , incognizant ), although the base adjective may no longer be in widespread use (as with incessant ). Exceptions include iniquitous and indignant . -in2 has multiple forms, as the 'n' sound in in-2 assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms ig-, il-2, im-2, and ir-2.