American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Harmful; noxious.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Noxious; hurtful.
- Specifically, venomous or poisonous, as a serpent: thanatophidian; of or pertaining to the Nocua.
- adj. Likely to cause harm or damage
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. rare Hurtful; noxious.
- From Latin nocuus, from nocēre, to harm; see nek-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The internet makes periodic, seemingly in-nocuous appearances throughout Jennifer Egan's new novel, A Visit From the Goon Squad.”
“Perfume or cologne applied on top of body odor combines to a nocuous smell for others.”
“Somewhere during the week shoulder pads became tied to an economic slowdown as did an almost nocuous kaleidoscope of color patterns.”
“As long as we have media celebrities like George Stephanopoulus and Bill O'Reilly constantly confronting McCain on this nocuous association with a man who feels that in a year of the most catastrophic attack on our country that it was a good year for him, the voter will know the truth ... right?”
“That innocuous graphic shows that we have a decidedly nocuous problem.”
“Hassem had most likely purchased blossoms that were cut or plucked improperly, and therefore had lost some of their nocuous powers.”
“The reaction was first described in Nature as “a syndrome produced by diverse nocuous agents.””
“Under cover of in-nocuous conversation designed to allay the interest of the soldier's two associates, they proceeded to study his per'sonal desk monitor.”
“Elric had witnessed many obscenities in his life and was moved by few of them, but this device, though superficially more in - nocuous than much he had seen, brought bile into his mouth.”
“The receptors for pain have been designated nociceptors (nocuous or harmful) by Sherrington.”
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