inoffensively


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in·of·fen·sive

 (ĭn′ə-fĕn′sĭv)
adj.
1. Giving no offense; unobjectionable.
2. Causing no harm; harmless.

in′of·fen′sive·ly adv.
in′of·fen′sive·ness n.
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Adv.1.inoffensively - in a not unpleasantly offensive manner; "that wretched beast, the elephant, breathing inoffensively not a pace behind me"
offensively - in an unpleasantly offensive manner; "he smelled offensively unwashed"
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Andrea's hand left his pocket inoffensively, and was carried up to the red mustache, which it played with for some time.
I carried on shore with me the young man whose mother was starved to death, and the maid also; she was a sober, well-educated, religious young woman, and behaved so inoffensively that every one gave her a good word; she had, indeed, an unhappy life with us, there being no woman in the ship but herself, but she bore it with patience.
Only a gay waiter could shriek inoffensively and ballet-leap perpendicularly as he served.
You mention grown kids and 30-year traditions and widowhood (my condolences), so I hope I can inoffensively deduce that you're all in the slowing-down years.
The baked yoghurt was marginally better, in that it was inoffensively bland.
But for its price - PS40,965 - the inoffensively styled TFSI offers buckets of power accompanied by modest fuel costs.
Maybe Dubai Municipality can print flowcharts like they have on the metro travelator (stand right, walk left) to guide people about how to stand inoffensively in a lift.
Often - like a well-known editor recently assigned his own hashtag - they presented an inoffensively liberal front to the foreign world, talking to white friends about how sad it was that poverty was so prevalent in Pakistan, while maintaining quite the opposite smug-landlord persona in private.
Based on blockchain technology, cryptocurrencies have become an attractive target for cybercriminals, who have been successfully and inoffensively targeting their victims through web-mining .
Justice Ian Harrison said: "The victim was a man approaching 60 inoffensively walking his dogs on a Saturday morning.
Shot from the rooftops of Warsaw's tallest buildings on clear days when the light in the city is inoffensively bleak and dispersed, the thirty pictures provide an unusual view of the landscape that occupies the former Jewish ghetto in the city's contemporary downtown.
By its incremental scope, it corrects the Legislature without ever chastising it and slides inoffensively into the mechanisms by which religious freedom is protected, without modifying or invalidating them.