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SAT vocabulary: innocuous

Photo of a "granddaddy long-legs" to illustrate the vocabulary word "innocuous"
The itsy bitsy spider has no venom to hurt you.

What does innocuous mean? Read below for the definition.

Quick vocab quiz for the word innocuous

First, before you read about the word innocuous, try this quick vocab quiz:

innocuous most nearly means

(A) appealing
(B) shiny
(C) toxic
(D) harmless
(E) noxious

Write your answer down, or just store it in that razor-sharp mind of yours. (If you can’t wait, the answer is below.)

Now let’s learn about the word innocuous.

Part of Speech of innocuous

innocuous is an ADJECTIVE.

Pronunciation innocuous

Here’s how to pronounce innocuous:

IPA: /ɪ.ˈnɒ.kyu.əs/

Glossary-style: [ih-NA-kyoo-uhs]

Definition of innocuous

innocuous means: having no harmful effects; harmless. not likely to offend anyone; inoffensive or bland (Ex: an innocuous statement).

Explain more about innocuous, please

If something is innocuous, then it is harmless. Something that’s innocuous can’t hurt you, harm you, or make your life worse.

Example of innocuous

Here’s the word innocuous used in a sentence:

Politicians are famous for making innocuous statements that are unlikely to offend even the most conservative of voters.

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