I am looking for an adjective to describe something that does not incite worry, fear, anger, or any other negative emotion. It is no cause for concern of any kind.

Preferably it would be a word or phrase that does not contain a negation and relatively short in length. Obscure words are welcome.

  • Are you looking for something active like moderating or just something neutral like indifference?
    – Bookeater
    Jul 19, 2016 at 17:09
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    If you're not looking for benign and synonyms, trifling comes to mind if you're looking for synonyms of inconsequential.
    – stevesliva
    Jul 19, 2016 at 18:52
  • @Bookeater something neutral.
    – Muhd
    Jul 19, 2016 at 20:07

2 Answers 2


Check if this works for you:

From MW dictionary:

benign: not causing harm or damage


It seems like there are two questions here - words that do not incite negative emotions like anger or fear, and words that are not justifiable cause for those emotions. "Benign", alwayslearning's answer, satisfies the second but not the first - since, I think, there fundamentally are two concepts suggested here.

As for the other, if you're avoiding positive goods like "soothing" or "comforting," I like "innocuous" (even if it technically begins with a negative prefix). Strictly it means "harmless" (https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/innocuous), but it can carry connotations of not even seeming dangerous.

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