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Innocent Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

Definitions from Wordnet 2.0

  • a person who lacks knowledge of evil
  • used of things; lacking sense or awareness; "ignorant hope"; "fine innocent weather"
  • lacking intent or capacity to injure; "an innocent prank"
  • free from evil or guilt; "an innocent child"; "the principle that one is innocent until proved guilty"
  • 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"
  • free from sin

Definitions from Wiktionary

  • a person who lacks knowledge of evil

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Innocent Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia

Innocence is the opposite of guilt. The adjective is innocent (the opposite of 'guilty')

If someone is innocent of a crime it means that they did not do it. If someone is accused of a crime, they have to go to court. The court will decide whether they are guilty or not-guilty (innocent). People must be treated as innocent unless (or until) they are found guilty.

'Innocence' and 'innocent' can also be used in a slightly different way. Children are often described as 'innocent' meaning that they think the world is all good and do not yet know about the bad things in life. People talk about living in a 'state of innocence' i.e. children or people with simple minds who have not yet learned that some people are evil. In Christian cultures this was sometimes used to mean that children did not know about sex.

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Meaning of the Name 'Innocent'

  • Meaning: Innocent
  • Origin: English
  • Gender: Male

'Innocent' example sentence in quotations

* It is better that ten guilty escape than one innocent suffer. - William Blackstone

* 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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Innocent Sample Sentences in News

  • Bolivian victim innocent - mother
    The mother of an Irish security worker shot dead by Bolivian special forces has said she has further evidence that her son was an innocent victim. Read more on this news related to 'Innocent'
  • Iran's Rouhani: Islamic State beheadings a concern for mankind: NBC
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani denounced Islamic State's beheading of innocent people, saying the militant group's shameful actions violate Islamic principles, NBC News said in excerpts of an interview released on Wednesday. "From the viewpoint of the Islamic tenets and culture, killing ... innocent people equals the killing o Read more on this news related to 'Innocent'
  • The Skanner Newspaper - Where's Peace When the State Executes Innocent Men
    Almost three years ago, the state of Georgia likely executed an innocent man. Read more on this news related to 'Innocent'

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