Innocence In"no*cence, n. [F. innocence, L. innocentia. See {Innocent}.] 1. The state or quality of being innocent; freedom from that which is harmful or infurious; harmlessness. [1913 Webster]

2. The state or quality of being morally free from guilt or sin; purity of heart; blamelessness. [1913 Webster]

The silence often of pure innocence Persuades when speaking fails. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Banished from man's life his happiest life, Simplicity and spotless innocence! --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. The state or quality of being not chargeable for, or guilty of, a particular crime or offense; as, the innocence of the prisoner was clearly shown. [1913 Webster]

4. Simplicity or plainness, bordering on weakness or silliness; artlessness; ingenuousness. --Chaucer. Shak.

Syn: Harmlessness; innocuousness; blamelessness; purity; sinlessness; guiltlessness. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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