Innocent
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]


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