Definition of innocent
1 a : free from guilt or sin especially through lack of knowledge of evil : blameless <an innocent child> b : harmless in effect or intention <searching for a hidden motive in even the most innocent conversation — Leonard Wibberley>; also : candid <gave me an innocent gaze> c : free from legal guilt or fault; also : lawful <a wholly innocent transaction>
2 a : lacking or reflecting a lack of sophistication, guile, or self-consciousness : artless, ingenuous b : ignorant <almost entirely innocent of Latin — C. L. Wrenn>; also : unaware <perfectly innocent of the confusion he had created — B. R. Haydon>
3 : lacking or deprived of something <her face innocent of cosmetics — Marcia Davenport>
Examples of innocent in a sentence
He says that he is innocent of the crime.
She was found innocent of all charges.
A person accused of a crime is considered innocent until proven guilty.
Someone told your secret, but it wasn't me. I'm innocent.
Origin and Etymology of innocent
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin innocent-, innocens, from in- + nocent-, nocens wicked, from present participle of nocēre to harm — more at noxious
First Known Use: 14th century
Definition of Innocent
name of 13 popes: especially II d 1143 (pope 1130–43); III 1160(or 1161)–1216 (pope 1198–1216); IV d 1254 (pope 1243–54); XI 1611–1689 (pope 1676–89)
INNOCENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of innocent for English Language Learners
: not guilty of a crime or other wrong act
: not deserving to be harmed
: lacking experience with the world and the bad things that happen in life
INNOCENT Defined for Kids
Legal Definition of innocent
: characterized by innocence
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