inoffensive inoffensive  /ɪ nə ˈfɛn sɪv/


  1. (adj) not causing anger or annoyance
  2. (adj) giving no offense
  3. (adj) substituting a mild term for a harsher or distasteful one




  1. The viewers' overwhelming reaction was that the program was not only inoffensive, but probably one of the best Brothers shows of the season.
  2. Excited Japanese devoured the captions, cursed Statesman Stimson by the million, spat by the thousand upon his inoffensive likeness.
  3. Rudd, youthful, blond and inoffensive, understood.


  1. READY: Guilty of taking it personally

    Published: Friday, June 14, 2013 at 16:40 PM. Unlike the South Carolina valedictorian who tore up his pre-approved graduation speech and recited the Lord’s Prayer instead, maybe I should have torn up last week’s column and written something inoffensive, fluffy, fake, and politically correct.
    on June 16, 2013     Source: The Destin Log

  2. Scott McNutt's Snark Bites: Y-12 implementing special security measures aimed at harmless older people

    Could a 60-ish woman with “suspected mental issues” drive unimpeded through the main entrance to Oak Ridge’s fortress-like Y-12 National Security Complex? One did last week, suggesting the nuclear facility may be dangerously vulnerable to those with possible mental disabilities in addition to its vulnerability to inoffensive older people.
    on June 16, 2013     Source: Knoxville News Sentinel


  1. "Something must have been said to Zidane. He is actually a reserved and inoffensive person," Beckenbauer said.
    on Jul 9, 2006 By: Franz Beckenbauer Source: ABC Online

  2. As a former Democratic secretary of state, Dean Acheson, warned a half-century ago: "No people in history have ever survived who thought they could protect their freedom by making themselves inoffensive to their enemies."
    on Jun 15, 2010 By: Dean Acheson Source: Wall Street Journal

  3. The Stage reported Abbott as saying:"The commonest excuse for drama being bland or inoffensive or just crap is that the audience just can't assimilate complex storytelling. That is just patronising. Audiences today can handle as much as you throw at...
    on Mar 27, 2007 By: Paul Abbott Source: Netribution

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