- The definition of innocence is the state of being free from wrongdoing or corruption, or naive.
- An example of innocence is someone who did not do something illegal.
- An example of innocence is a small child who has done nothing wrong.
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- the quality or state of being innocent; specif.,
- freedom from sin or moral wrong
- freedom from legal guilt
- freedom from guile or cunning; simplicity
- lack of sophistication; naiveté
- Archaic an innocent person
- ☆ bluet
Origin: OFr from Classical Latin innocentia
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- The state, quality, or virtue of being innocent, as:a. Freedom from sin, moral wrong, or guilt through lack of knowledge of evil.b. Guiltlessness of a specific legal crime or offense.c. Freedom from guile, cunning, or deceit; simplicity or artlessness.d. Lack of worldliness or sophistication; naiveté.e. Lack of knowledge or understanding; ignorance.f. Freedom from harmfulness; inoffensiveness.
- One that is innocent.
- Botany See blue-eyed Mary.