- 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.
An example of innocent used as an adjective is the phrase an innocent joke which means a joke that does not cause harm.
Was innocent of all charges.
A child's innocent stare.
An example of an innocent is a newborn baby.
A novel innocent of literary merit.
An innocent prank.
American tourists wholly innocent of French.
She remained innocent of the complications she had caused.
Innocent of adornment.
An innocent trade.
Innocent goods carried to a belligerent nation.
The slaughter of the innocents was a significant event in the New Testament.
An innocent child.
- those children of Bethlehem slaughtered by King Herod: Matt. 2:16
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Origin of innocent
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”).