Innocent definition

ĭnə-sənt
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A very young child.
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Free from sin, evil, or guilt.
  • Doing or thinking nothing morally wrong; pure.
  • Not guilty of a specific crime or offense; guiltless.
  • Free from harmful intent or effect.
    An innocent mistake.
  • Not malignant; benign.
    An innocent tumor.
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A person knowing no evil or sin, such as a child.
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A simple, guileless, inexperienced, or unsophisticated person.
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Innocent is defined as free from sin, guilt or wrongdoing.

An example of innocent used as an adjective is the phrase an innocent joke which means a joke that does not cause harm.

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Not guilty of a specific crime or offense; legally blameless.

Was innocent of all charges.

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Candid; straightforward.

A child's innocent stare.

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Not experienced or worldly; naive.
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Ignorant or inexperienced, specif. with regard to sex.
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The definition of an innocent is a person free from wrongdoing, guilt or evil.

An example of an innocent is a newborn baby.

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Lacking, deprived, or devoid of something.

A novel innocent of literary merit.

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Within, allowed by, or sanctioned by the law; lawful.
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Not dangerous or harmful; innocuous.

An innocent prank.

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Betraying or suggesting no deception or guile; artless.
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Not exposed to or familiar with something specified; ignorant.

American tourists wholly innocent of French.

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Unaware.

She remained innocent of the complications she had caused.

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Totally lacking.

Innocent of adornment.

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Without guile or cunning; artless; simple.
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Naive.
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​Free from guilt, sin, or immorality.
  • Shakespeare.
    To offer up a weak, poor, innocent lamb.
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Bearing no legal responsibility for a wrongful act.
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(with of) Having no knowledge (of something).
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(with of) Lacking (something).
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Lawful; permitted.

An innocent trade.

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Not contraband; not subject to forfeiture.

Innocent goods carried to a belligerent nation.

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Those who are innocent; young children.

The slaughter of the innocents was a significant event in the New Testament.

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A person, especially a child, who is free of evil or sin.
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(person) (born Sinibaldo de' Fieschi) Died 1254; pope (1243-54)
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Knowing no evil.
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(person) (died a.d. 417); pope (401-417): his day is July 28
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(person) (born Gregorio Papareschi) Died 1143; pope (1130-43)
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(person) (born Lotario de' Conti de' Segni) 1161?-1216; pope (1198-1216)
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(person) (born Benedetto Odeschalchi) 1611-89; pope (1676-89)
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Uncorrupted by evil, malice, or wrongdoing; sinless.

An innocent child.

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A very naive or simple-minded person.
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the (Holy) Innocents
  • those children of Bethlehem slaughtered by King Herod: Matt. 2:16
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
innocent
Plural:
innocents

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

the (Holy) Innocents

Origin of innocent

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin innocēns innocent- in- not in–1 nocēns present participle of nocēre to harm nek-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old French inocent, from Latin innocens (“harmless, inoffensive”), from in- (“not”) + nocēns, present participle of noceō (“to hurt”).

    From Wiktionary