1. Having no adverse effect; harmless.
2. Not likely to offend or provoke to strong emotion; insipid.
[From Latin innocuus : in-, not; see IN-1 + nocuus, harmful (from nocēre, to harm; see nek-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
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