15th century, in the meaning defined above
borrowed from Latin nocent-, nocens "injurious, guilty," from present participle of nocēre "to damage (things), injure, harm (persons)" — more at noxious
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“Nocent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nocent. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.
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