Innocent In"no*cent, a. [F. innocent, L. innocens, -entis; pref. in- not + nocens, p. pr. of nocere to harm, hurt. See {Noxious}.] 1. Not harmful; free from that which can injure; innoxious; innocuous; harmless; as, an innocent medicine or remedy. [1913 Webster]

The spear Sung innocent, and spent its force in air. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

2. Morally free from guilt; guiltless; not tainted with sin; pure; upright. [1913 Webster]

To offer up a weak, poor, innocent lamb. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. --Matt. xxvii. 4. [1913 Webster]

The aidless, innocent lady, his wished prey. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. Free from the guilt of a particular crime or offense; as, a man is innocent of the crime charged. [1913 Webster]

Innocent from the great transgression. --Ps. xix. 13. [1913 Webster]

4. Simple; artless; foolish. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

5. Lawful; permitted; as, an innocent trade. [1913 Webster]

6. Not contraband; not subject to forfeiture; as, innocent goods carried to a belligerent nation. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • innocent — innocent, ente [ inɔsɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. et n. • 1080; lat. innocens, de nocere « nuire » 1 ♦ Qui n est pas souillé par le mal. ⇒ pur; immaculé. Vie innocente, simple et vertueuse. Spécialt Qui ignore le mal, est pur et sans malice. ⇒ candide.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • innocent — innocent, ente (i no san, san t ) adj. 1°   Qui ne nuit point, qui ne fait point de mal. L agneau est un animal innocent. •   Mais, seigneur, épargnez un enfant innocent, VOLT. Orphel. III, 2.    Il se dit des choses dans le même sens. Un remède …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • INNOCENT° — INNOCENT°, name of 13 popes. INNOCENT II (Gregorio Papareschi), pope 1130–43. His was an uncanonical election because the majority of the cardinals voted for anacletus ii (Pietro Pierleoni). The Jews of Rome supported Anacletus, whose opponents… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • innocent — INNOCENT, [innoc]ente. adj. Qui n est point coupable. Il est innocent du crime dont on l accuse. il en est innocent. deffendre, proteger les innocents. persecuter les innocents. opprimer, accabler, condamner l innocent. il fut absous. & reconnu… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • innocent — in·no·cent / i nə sənt/ adj: characterized by innocence Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. innocent I …   Law dictionary

  • Innocent — (Eigenschreibweise: innocent) ist ein Unternehmen aus Großbritannien, die sich auf die Herstellung von Smoothies spezialisiert hat. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Geschäftstätigkeit 2 Nachhaltigkeit 3 Kritik 4 Einzelnachweise …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • innocent — ist ein Unternehmen aus Großbritannien, das sich auf die Herstellung von Smoothies spezialisiert hat. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Geschäftstätigkeit 2 Nachhaltigkeit 3 Kritik 4 Einzelnachweise …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Innocent — [in′ə sənt] 1. Saint Innocent I (died A.D. 417); pope (401 417): his day is July 28 2. Innocent II (born Gregorio Papareschi) died 1143; pope (1130 43) 3. Innocent III (born Lotario de Conti de Segni) 1161? 1216; pope (1198 1216) 4. Innocent IV… …   English World dictionary

  • innocent — de quelque chose, Insons, Innocens. Estre innocent de quelque chose, Abesse a culpa. Finablement il s est trouvé innocent, Il ne s est point trouvé chargé, Ad extremum quaestionis in noxa non compertus est. B. Innocent de meurtre dont est… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • Innocent — In no*cent, n. 1. An innocent person; one free from, or unacquainted with, guilt or sin. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. An unsophisticated person; hence, a child; a simpleton; an idiot. B. Jonson. [1913 Webster] In Scotland a natural fool was called an… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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