innocence

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noun in·no·cence \ˈi-nə-sən(t)s\

Definition of innocence

  1. 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. 2 :  one that is innocent

  3. 3 :  bluet

Examples of innocence in a Sentence

  1. He vows that he will prove his innocence in court.

  2. the trusting innocence of childhood

  3. The age of innocence was over.

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First Known Use of innocence

14th century



INNOCENCE Defined for English Language Learners

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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

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noun in·no·cence \ˈi-nə-səns\

Definition of innocence for Students

  1. :  the quality or state of being free from sin or guilt The evidence proved his innocence.


Law Dictionary

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noun in·no·cence \ˈi-nə-səns\

Legal Definition of innocence

  1. :  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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