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harmless

adjective benign, blunt, gentle, hurtless, impotent, innocens, innocent, innocuous, innoxius, inoffensive, nonmalignant, nonpoisonous, nontoxic, nonvenomous, nonviolent, tame, trustworthy, unaggressive, unhazardous, unmilitant, unthreatening, weak, without risk
Associated concepts: harmless beyond a reasonable doubt, harmless error, hold harmless
See also: innocuous, nontoxic, powerless, safe, salutary, unobjectionable
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That is the tragedy which "conscious harmlessness" might prevent.
The best I could do would be to set an example of harmlessness. I consciously conceived my children and learned fertility awareness and taught many others in this art.
We are looking for firmer ground on which to stand, and neither respect for human freedom nor the presumption of harmlessness, seems to provide that ground.
As Justice Blackmun wrote in his Hardwidk dissent: "We protect the family because it contributes so powerfully to the happiness of individuals, not because of a preference for stereotypical households." Looked at from this perspective, and taking into account the essential harmlessness of homosexual relations, the prohibition of gay marriage seems an arbitrary and damaging restriction on the basic life opportunities of a large number of persons.
Eisinga wanted everyone to understand the true movements of the planets and the harmlessness of apparent close conjunctions.
They have testified in legal and judicial forums where its fate has been decided, and they have advocated tolerance based on the evident harmlessness of peyote and on the principle of religious freedom.
It also mentioned the spraying program, told when it would be done, and reassured members about its harmlessness to people, livestock and pets.
For, says Melville, "what can more partake of the mysterious than an antipathy spontaneous and profound such as is evoked in certain exceptional mortals by the mere aspect of some other mortal, however harmless he may be, if not called forth by this very harmlessness itself?" Claggart's evil nature was not acquired, "not engendered by vicious training or corrupting books or licentious living, but born with him and innate." He can recognize the good but is "powerless to be it." His energies are self-destructive; his nature is doomed to "act out to the end the part allotted to it." Although he destroys an innocent man, he must himself be destroyed as well.
For those who have given up coffee to seek comfort in the harmlessness of tea, the news can be upsetting.
In 1986, we found that ethanol solvent gave special features to coating chemicals; quick-dry; non-slippage; water resistance; complete removableness in bottle washing process; and harmlessness to the contents of a bottle.
His harmlessness is contrasted to the menace represented by his nihilist son, Pyotr.
"We were taught 20 years ago in medical school that marijuana damages the brain--that you can't drive as well under the influence of marijuana--and yet the press was persistent about its harmlessness. Why?"