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adjective in·no·cent \ˈi-nə-sənt\

Definition of innocent

  1. 1a :  free from guilt or sin especially through lack of knowledge of evil :  blameless an innocent childb :  harmless in effect or intention searching for a hidden motive in even the most innocent conversation — Leonard Wibberley; also :  candid gave me an innocent gazec :  free from legal guilt or fault; also :  lawful a wholly innocent transaction

  2. 2a :  lacking or reflecting a lack of sophistication, guile, or self-consciousness :  artless, ingenuousb :  ignorant almost entirely innocent of Latin — C. L. Wrenn; also :  unaware perfectly innocent of the confusion he had created — B. R. Haydon

  3. 3 :  lacking or deprived of something her face innocent of cosmetics — Marcia Davenport

innocent

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innocently

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Examples of innocent in a sentence

  1. He says that he is innocent of the crime.

  2. She was found innocent of all charges.

  3. A person accused of a crime is considered innocent until proven guilty.

  4. 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


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biographical name In·no·cent \ˈi-nə-sənt\

Definition of Innocent

  1. name of 13 popes: especially II died 1143 (pope 1130–43); III 1160(or 1161)–1216 (pope 1198–1216); IV died 1254 (pope 1243–54); XI 1611–1689 (pope 1676–89)


INNOCENT Defined for English Language Learners

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adjective in·no·cent \ˈi-nə-sənt\

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

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adjective in·no·cent \ˈi-nə-sənt\

Definition of innocent for Students

  1. 1 :  free from sin :  pure She's as innocent as a baby.

  2. 2 :  free from guilt or blame He is innocent of the charges.

  3. 3 :  free from evil influence or effect :  harmless innocent fun

innocently

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Medical Dictionary

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adjective in·no·cent \ˈin-ə-sənt\

Medical Definition of innocent

  1. :  lacking capacity to injure :  benign an innocent tumor innocent heart murmurs


Law Dictionary

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adjective in·no·cent \ˈi-nə-sənt\

Legal Definition of innocent

  1. :  characterized by innocence



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