nocuous (adj.) 1630s, "noxious, harmful," from L. nocuus "harmful," from stem of nocere "to hurt, injure, harm" (see INNOCUOUS (Cf. innocuous)).

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  • Nocuous — Noc u*ous, a. [L. nocuus, fr. nocere to hurt.] Hurtful; noxious. [R.] {Noc u*ous*ly}, adv. [R.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • nocuous — [näk′yo͞o əs] adj. [L nocuus < nocere: see NECRO ] harmful; poisonous; noxious nocuously adv …   English World dictionary

  • nocuous — noc·u·ous näk yə wəs adj likely to cause injury <a nocuous stimulus> …   Medical dictionary

  • nocuous — /ˈnɒkjuəs/ (say nokyoohuhs) adjective Rare injurious; noxious: a nocuous gas. {Latin nocuus} –nocuously, adverb –nocuousness, noun …  

  • nocuous — adjective Etymology: Latin nocuus, from nocēre to harm more at noxious Date: 1635 harmful • nocuously adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • nocuous — nocuously, adv. nocuousness, n. /nok yooh euhs/, adj. likely to cause damage or injury; harmful; noxious. [1625 35; < L nocuus harmful, injurious, equiv. to noc(ere) to harm + uus deverbal adj. suffix; see OUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • nocuous — adjective /ˈnɑ.kju.əs/ probable to cause harm or damage See Also: noxious …   Wiktionary

  • nocuous — (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. noxious, malignant, injurious; see dangerous 1 , 2 , deadly , harmful , poisonous …   English dictionary for students

  • nocuous — noc·u·ous || nÉ‘kjÊŠÉ™s / nÉ’ adj. poisonous; harmful …   English contemporary dictionary

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