harmless meaning, harmless definition | English Cobuild dictionary



1       adj   Something that is harmless does not have any bad effects, especially on people's health.   (=safe)     (Antonym: harmful)    Industry has been working at developing harmless substitutes for these gases..., This experiment was harmless to the animals.     
  harmlessly      adv   ADV with v  
Another missile exploded harmlessly outside the town.     
2       adj   If you describe someone or something as harmless, you mean that they are not important and therefore unlikely to annoy other people or cause trouble.  
He seemed harmless enough..., I would not want to deny them a harmless pleasure.     
  harmlessly      adv   ADV after v  
It started harmlessly enough, with a statement from the Secretary of State for Social Security.     
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gentle, innocent, innocuous, innoxious, inoffensive, nontoxic, not dangerous, safe, unobjectionable  
   dangerous, destructive, harmful, unhealthy, unsafe, unwholesome  

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a substance containing a harmless form of the germs that cause a particular disease. It is given to people, usually by injection, to prevent them from getting that disease.
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