Definition of innocence
1a : freedom from guilt or sin through being unacquainted with evil : blamelessnessb : chastityc : freedom from legal guilt of a particular crime or offensed (1) : freedom from guile or cunning : simplicity (2) : lack of worldly experience or sophisticatione : lack of knowledge : ignorance <written in entire innocence of the Italian language — E. R. Bentley>
2 : one that is innocent
3 : bluet
Examples of innocence in a sentence
He vows that he will prove his innocence in court.
the trusting innocence of childhood
The age of innocence was over.
First Known Use of innocence
INNOCENCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of innocence for English Language Learners
: the state of being not guilty of a crime or other wrong act
: lack of experience with the world and with the bad things that happen in life
: lack of knowledge about something
INNOCENCE Defined for Kids
Definition of innocence for Students
: the quality or state of being free from sin or guilt <The evidence proved his innocence.>
Legal Definition of innocence
: freedom from fault or guilt under the law: as a : the state of not being guilty of a particular crime or offense — compare guilt b : the state of not being guilty of an act that constitutes a ground for divorce c : ignorance on the part of a party to a transaction of facts that would lead a person of ordinary prudence to make inquiries
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