Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Innocent'
- free from evil or guilt; "an innocent child"; "the principle that one is innocent until proved guilty" [syn: guiltless, clean-handed] [ant: guilty]
- lacking intent or capacity to injure; "an innocent prank" [syn: innocuous]
- free from sin [syn: impeccant, sinless]
- lacking in sophistication or worldliness; "a child's innocent stare"; "his ingenuous explanation that he would not have burned the church if he had not thought the bishop was in it" [syn: ingenuous]
- used of things; lacking sense or awareness; "ignorant hope"; "fine innocent weather" [syn: ignorant] n : a person who lacks knowledge of evil [syn: inexperienced person}]
- Innocent \In"no*cent\, a. [F. innocent, L. innocens, -entis;
pref. in- not + nocens, p. pr. of nocere to harm, hurt. See
- Not harmful; free from that which can injure; innoxious; innocuous; harmless; as, an innocent medicine or remedy. The spear Sung innocent,and spent its force in air. --Pope.
- Morally free from guilt; guiltless; not tainted with sin; pure; upright. To offer up a weak, poor, innocent lamb. --Shak. I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. --Matt. xxvii. 4. The aidless,innocent lady, his wished prey. --Milton.
- Free from the guilt of a particular crime or offense; as, a man is innocent of the crime charged. Innocent from the great transgression. --Ps. xix. 13.
- Simple; artless; foolish. --Shak.
- Lawful; permitted; as, an innocent trade.
- Not contraband; not subject to forfeiture; as, innocent goods carried to a belligerent nation. Innocent party (Law),a party who has not notice of a fact tainting a litigated transaction with illegality. Syn: Harmless; innoxious; innoffensive; guiltless; spotless; immaculate; pure; unblamable; blameless; faultless; guileless; upright.
- Innocent \In"no*cent\, n.
- An innocent person; one free from, or unacquainted with, guilt or sin. --Shak.
- An unsophisticated person; hence, a child; a simpleton; an
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Innocent'
Innocence is a term used to indicate a general lack of guilt, with respect to any kind of crime, sin, or wrongdoing. In a legal context, innocence refers to the lack of legal guilt of an individual, with respect to a crime.
Innocence can also imply lesser experience in either a relative view to social peers, or by an absolute comparison to a more common normative scale. In contrast to ignorance, it is generally viewed as a positive term, connoting an optimistic view of the world, in particular one where the lack of knowledge stems from a lack of wrongdoing, whereas greater knowledge comes from doing wrong. This connotation may be connected with a popular false etymology explaining "innocent" as meaning "not knowing" (Latin noscere). The actual etymology is from general negation prefix in- and the Latin nocere, "evil" or "guilty".[See more about Innocent at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]
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Meaning of the Name 'Innocent'
- Meaning: Innocent
- Origin: English
- Gender: Male
'Innocent' in famous quotation sentence
* Now and then an innocent man is sent to the legislature. - Kin Hubbard
* Justice is always violent to the party offending, for every man is innocent in his own eyes. - Daniel Defoe
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