Innocuous vs Inoculate - What's the difference?
As an adjective innocuous
is harmless; producing no ill effect.
As a verb inoculate is
(immunology) to introduce an antigenic substance or vaccine into the body, as to produce immunity to a specific disease.
Harmless; producing no ill effect.
* 1892 , , A Footnote to History , ch. 9:
* 1910 , , The Lair of the White Worm , ch. 11:
- The shells fell for the most part innocuous ; an eyewitness saw children at play beside the flaming houses; not a soul was injured.
- Other things, too, there were, not less deadly though seemingly innocuous —dried fungi, traps intended for birds, beasts, fishes, reptiles, and insects.
, date=September 2
, title=Wales 2-1 Montenegro
, passage=As the half closed Bale and Ledley both went close with good efforts, but Bellamy picked up a yellow card for an innocuous
challenge that also rules the new Liverpool man out of the trip to Wembley.}}
Inoffensive; unprovocative; not exceptional.
* 1893 , , Mrs. Falchion , ch. 12:
* 1910 , , The Intrusion of Jimmy , ch. 28:
- Ruth Devlin announced that the song must wait, though it appeared to be innocuous and child-like in its sentiments.
- He sat down, and lighted a cigarette, casting about the while for an innocuous topic of conversation.
* innoxious, nonpoisonous, nontoxic
* (inoffensive) uncontroversial
(immunology) To introduce an antigenic substance or vaccine into the body, as to produce immunity to a specific disease.
(by extension) To safeguard or protect something as if by inoculation.
To add one substance to another; to spike.
To graft by inserting buds.
- The culture medium was inoculated with selenium to investigate the rate of uptake.
- to inoculate the bud of one tree or plant into another
(figurative) To introduce into the mind (used especially of harmful ideas or principles); to imbue.
- to inoculate a tree
- to inoculate someone with treason or infidelity
* immunize / immunise