1. producing no injury; harmless

2. not likely to give offense or to arouse strong feelings or hostility; inoffensive

Parts of Speech (POS)


I’ll use it in a sentence:

• I tried to explain to my husband, that my co-worker Walter’s tight hug was innocuous.

Because the northern water snake is not venomous, Jason doesn’t need to worry about the innocuous snake bite.*

Even though the late night dinner with my boss was innocuous, my fiance wasn’t happy about it.*

Dispite Frankie’s fatuous behavior at his uncle’s funeral, the family wasn’t offended and viewed his light-hearted jokes as innocuous.***

***dfoww will cover a workshop on the word fatuous, next month in July 2019.

*The words even though and because are both conjunctions.  The word despite is a preposition. dfoww will cover conjunctions and prepositions in our – Basic Rules of Grammar Parts of Speech (POS) workshops.

Now it’s your turn, on a sheet of paper or in the comment section below, write a few sentences using the word: innocuous.

Tip: Use the word during a conversation today. The more you familiarize yourself with this word, by consistently incorporating it in your vocabulary and writing, the easier it will be to remember the word. Figuratively speaking, you’ll own the word.

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