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.
Recent Examples of innocence from the Web
Sandusky, meanwhile, continues to maintain his innocence.
A Gary woman accused in the grisly 2015 shooting deaths of two teenage brothers, maintained her innocence during her trial Thursday during a two-hour cross-examination with prosecutors.
Actress Gal Gadot owns every facet of the role, from Wonder Woman's early innocence to the gravitas showcased during battle.
The dress in this circumstance represents innocence.
Mr. Arthur maintained his innocence in recent interviews as his lawyers pressed the governor to delay his eighth execution date to do DNA test of hairs collected at the crime scene.
Porter was awarded about $150,000 by the state in 2000 for his wrongful imprisonment and also was given a certificate of innocence.
Arthur, who has spent more than 34 years on death row, has long maintained his innocence in the 1982 murder of Troy Wicker.
The volume's five elegant, deadpan vignettes – originally written in Hebrew by collective member and best-selling Israeli novelist Etgar Keret – twist familiar details until innocence seems cut with savageness.
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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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