guilt·​less ˈgilt-ləs How to pronounce guiltless (audio)
guiltlessly adverb
guiltlessness noun

Examples of guiltless in a Sentence

if the jury acquits him, he is guiltless in the eyes of the law
Recent Examples on the Web Many fans found its generally joyous treatment of Miranda’s guiltless affair with Che, a nonbinary comedian, in the first season off-putting. Lili Loofbourow, Washington Post, 21 June 2023 In the wake of Franco’s death, in 1975, came the pacto del olvido, or pact of oblivion—a determination, enshrined in the Amnesty Law of 1977, to brush away the vestiges of former crimes and hence to move onward with a guiltless transition to democracy. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 24 Dec. 2021 So hats (halos?) off to you, Mr. Woolverton, and may the binge-watching, pint-guzzling, relatively guiltless movie marathons commence. Susie Neilson, The Cut, 21 Aug. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of guiltless was in the 13th century

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“Guiltless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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