innocence

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noun in·no·cence \ˈi-nə-sən(t)s\

Definition of innocence

  1. 1 a :  freedom from guilt or sin through being unacquainted with evil :  blamelessness b :  chastity c :  freedom from legal guilt of a particular crime or offense d (1) :  freedom from guile or cunning :  simplicity (2) :  lack of worldly experience or sophistication e :  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.

14th Century

First Known Use of innocence

14th century



INNOCENCE Defined for English Language Learners

innocence

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noun in·no·cence \ˈi-nə-sən(t)s\

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

innocence

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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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