Definition of innocent
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
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 : 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.
Recent Examples of innocent from the Web
A spokesperson for the LaSalle County State's Attorney's Office said suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty and the maximum penalty for failure to reduce speed is a $1,000 fine.
The U.S. can still do a lot to stop the slaughter of innocent people.
His actions that day endangered the lives of all three children and ultimately stole the life of Olivia, an innocent 9-year-old little girl.
A shocking attack on innocent people took place in London on Saturday night.
After he was found innocent, Simpson pledged to find the culprit.
June 12 will mark one year since the massacre at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, when 49 people, out for an innocent night of fun, were slaughtered in the worst terrorist act on U.S. soil since 9/11.
Covington, 58, has pleaded innocent to one count each of kidnapping and assault.
Derek Mason's intent appeared innocent but the comment still stuck out.
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Definition of Innocent
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
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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