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Definition unlikely to harm or disturb
  • She made some innocuous comments while being careful not to hurt anyone's feelings.
innocuous = unlikely to harm or disturb
  • Her comments were innocuous, but he quoted them out of context to make them appear sinister.
  • innocuous = unlikely to harm or disturb
  • When he walked away, after a few dozen paces, a black book fell innocuously from his coat pocket without his knowledge.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • innocuously = seemingly harmlessly
  • The great words flutter innocuously to the courtroom floor.
    Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee  --  Inherit the Wind
  • innocuously = harmlessly
  • The only other address I had was the innocuous box number which people used who didn't want to advertise the fact they lived in an asylum.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • innocuous = unlikely to disturb (not arousing concern)
  • If you saw it from a distance, the sinkhole seemed innocuous—like an overgrown mud puddle just starting to dry out.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • innocuous = harmless
  • For there was one last letter, this one in code, seemingly innocuous in its babbling about hunting and the tedium of life in Niagara.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Red Prophet
  • innocuous = harmless
  • The terrace was peaceful and innocuous-looking in the sunshine.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • innocuous = harmless
  • During the extremely innocuous and very friendly conference,
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • innocuous = harmless
  • Ogawa had always been an innocuous man, one of the few Japanese whom Louie had never had reason to fear.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • innocuous = unlikely to harm or disturb
  • With ... Hal swearing innocuously ... they staggered into John Thornton's camp
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • innocuously = harmlessly
  • ...from a great Niagara of reading matter to a mere innocuous dripping of...
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • innocuous = unlikely to harm or disturb
  • This celebrated statesman was carrying on an innocuous conversation while his mind was riveted on an entirely different subject.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • innocuous = harmless
  • "You . . . you haven't seen Mom in years."
    "That's not true," she said simply, as if I'd told her the wrong time, something that innocuous.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key
  • innocuous = unlikely to disturb
  • Send in the most innocuous person from Twelve they can come up with.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • innocuous = unlikely to harm or disturb
  • Conscious of Astaroth's prohibitions, Max allowed himself no books but took one innocuous paper—a private note that...
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • innocuous = unlikely to harm or disturb
  • But a little later it was reminding her a good deal less of that innocuous function.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • innocuous = harmless
  • In the fading light, the chain links look as innocuous as usual.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • innocuous = unlikely to harm
  • My mind had raced with awful possibilities, picturing her dead on the highway, but the truth was actually much more innocuous.
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • innocuous = harmless (not disturbing)
  • It is, no doubt, impossible to prevent his praying for his mother, but we have means of rendering the prayers innocuous.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
innocuous = harmless

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