1. Not causing or incapable of causing harm.
2. Not intended to harm or offend; inoffensive.
a. Of or relating to an error in a trial that would not change the outcome and therefore does not call for a reversal of the case on appeal.
b. Not giving rise to legal liability: an agreement to treat another party's behavior as harmless.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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