Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In an inoffensive manner; without giving offense; in a manner not to offend, disturb, or displease.
- adv. In an inoffensive manner.
- adv. in a not unpleasantly offensive manner
- inoffensive + -ly (Wiktionary)
“In the afternoon, the little dog calms down, padding inoffensively around my office as I write.”
“In other clips, he acted inoffensively, if goofily.”
“The writer is clearly trying to say something objectionableâsomething she feels, in her gut (despite the fact that she believes it), is the wrong thing to sayâas inoffensively as sheÂcan.”
“Yes, Hound Dog, I read "The Ugly American" a long time ago and have lived successfully and inoffensively in as many different cultures as you have, including France, Alabama, and Marin County.”
“Michelle walked a fine tightrope during the campaign of appearing inoffensively, powerfully, uniquely and chicly dressed, and she pulled it off for the most part with aplomb.”
“Manford and Jones could be Chiles and Bleakley's doppelgangers – inoffensively dough-faced Everyman on the left, attractive olive-skinned brunette with piano keyboard smile on the right.”
“The writer is clearly trying to say something objectionableâsomething she feels, in her gutdespite the fact that she believes it, is the wrong thing to sayâas inoffensively as sheÂcan.”
“It was an all-too-obvious determination on the part of the producers, to be as inoffensively cheery as possible within a premise absolutely dripping with the potential for hard-eyed satire: the kind they were content merely to touch on in the first episode, before settling down to become something a lot more comfy.”
“The carpe diem lyrics are so inoffensively "inspirational" that they've been slapped on every imaginable souvenir, including a teddy bear in a pink hat and matching boa.”
“They didn't spend hours at power lunches, fretting about making sure every piece was inoffensively 50-50 balanced or any other such distraction.”
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