harmless


harmless
harm·less adj
1: free from harm, liability, or loss
— often used in the phrase to hold harmless see also hold harmless
2: lacking capacity or intent to injure
harm·less·ly adv
harm·less·ness n

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

harmless
I adjective benign, blunt, gentle, hurtless, impotent, innocens, innocent, innocuous, innocuus, innoxious, innoxius, inoffensive, nonmalignant, nonpoisonous, nontoxic, nonvenomous, nonviolent, nonvirulent, powerless, tame, trustworthy, unaggressive, unhazardous, uninjurious, unmilitant, unthreatening, weak, without risk associated concepts: harmless beyond a reasonable doubt, harmless error, hold harmless II index innocuous, nontoxic, powerless, safe, salutary, unobjectionable

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

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  • harmless — harmless, innocuous, innocent, inoffensive, unoffending are comparable when meaning not having hurtful or injurious qualities. Harmless may be applied to whatever seems incapable of doing harm {poor harmless fly Shak.} {be ye therefore wise as… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Harmless — Harm less (h[aum]rm l[e^]s), a. 1. Free from harm; unhurt; as, to give bond to save another harmless. [1913 Webster] 2. Free from power or disposition to harm; innocent; inoffensive. The harmless deer. Drayton Syn: Innocent; innoxious; innocuous; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • harmless — c.1300, uninjured, from HARM (Cf. harm) (n.) + LESS (Cf. less). Meaning undamaged is from late 14c. Related: Harmlessly; harmlessness …   Etymology dictionary

  • harmless — [adj] not injurious or dangerous controllable, disarmed, gentle, guiltless, hurtless, innocent, innocuous, innoxious, inoffensive, inoperative, kind, manageable, naive, nonirritating, nontoxic, painless, paper tiger*, powerless, pussycat*,… …   New thesaurus

  • harmless — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not able or likely to cause harm. DERIVATIVES harmlessly adverb harmlessness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • harmless — [härm′lis] adj. 1. Rare not harmed 2. causing or seeking to cause no harm; not harmful; inoffensive harmlessly adv. harmlessness n …   English World dictionary

  • harmless — adj. 1) harmless to 2) harmless to + inf. (it s harmless to day dream) * * * [ hɑːmlɪs] harmless to harmless to + inf. (it s harmless to daydream) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • harmless — harm|less [ harmləs ] adjective * 1. ) not causing any harm: Their wrestling was just harmless fun. You can hold the snake, it s harmless. harmless to: Most of these bugs are harmless to us. 2. ) not likely to upset people or cause problems: She… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • harmless — [[t]hɑ͟ː(r)mləs[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED Something that is harmless does not have any bad effects, especially on people s health. Industry has been working at developing harmless substitutes for these gases... This experiment was harmless to the… …   English dictionary

  • harmless */ — UK [ˈhɑː(r)mləs] / US [ˈhɑrmləs] adjective 1) not causing any harm Their wrestling was just harmless fun. You can hold the snake: it s harmless. harmless to: Most of these bugs are harmless to us. 2) not likely to upset people or to cause… …   English dictionary


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