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intended to be inoffensive
  • How to Memorize
    • anodyne - inoffensive
  • Analysis

    Something ‘anodyne’ is designed to not cause offence or disagreement. Usually, this is achieved by not expressing any strong feelings or opinions which might upset anyone. For that reason, anodyne things tend to be bland and uninteresting.

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  • Example(s)
    1. As its audience is generally made up of the very young and very old, daytime television tends to be extremely anodyne.

    2. Our daily meetings are anodyne affairs. I always dread going to them.

    3. I didn’t want to accidentally offend the clients, so I stuck to anodyne topics of conversation during the dinner.