innocent [ in-uh-suhnt ]
1. free from moral wrong; without sin; pure: innocent children.
2. free from legal or specific wrong; guiltless: innocent of the crime.
3. not involving evil intent or motive: an innocent misrepresentation.
4. not causing physical or moral injury; harmless: innocent fun.
5. devoid (usually followed by of): a law innocent of merit.
6. having or showing the simplicity or naiveté of an unworldly person; guileless; ingenuous.
7. uninformed or unaware; ignorant.
8. an innocent person.
9. a young child.
10. a guileless person.
11. a simpleton or idiot.
12. Usually innocents. (used with a singular verb) bluet(def 1).
CAN BE CONFUSED
acquitted, nolo contendere
virtuous, pure, legitimate, uninvolved, honest, gullible, ignorant, innocuous, childlike, wide-eyed, good, virginal, stainless, clear, safe, guiltless, clean, upright, square, simple
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1, 2 guilty.
Origin: 1150–1200; Middle English < Latin innocent- (stem of innocēns) harmless, equivalent to in- in-3 + nocēns present participle of nocēre to harm; see -ent; cf. noxious
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