Innocent party
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 party — see party 1b Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • innocent party — One who did not participate in the disputed transaction understandingly, intention ally, or of his own free will, and could not have ascertained the facts by the exercise of due diligence. 27 Am J2d Eq § 22. See innocent or injured person …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • innocent party — noun : one who has no notice of a fact tainting a litigated transaction with illegality : one not responsible or to blame for a situation which is the basis for relief in court …   Useful english dictionary

  • the innocent party — legal someone who has been harmed by the wrong action of another person …   English dictionary

  • the innocent party — …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • party — par·ty n pl parties 1 a: one (as a person, group, or entity) constituting alone or with others one of the sides of a proceeding, transaction, or agreement the parties to a contract a person who signed the instrument as a party to the instrument… …   Law dictionary

  • party — par|ty1 W1S1 [ˈpa:ti US ˈpa:rti] n plural parties ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(for fun)¦ 2¦(in politics)¦ 3¦(group of people)¦ 4¦(in an argument/law)¦ 5 be (a) party to something ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: partie …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • innocent — Free from guilt; acting in good faith and without knowledge of incriminatory circumstances, or of defects or objections. See not guilty @ innocent agent In criminal law, one who, being ignorant of any unlawful intent on the part of his principal …   Black's law dictionary

  • innocent — Free from guilt; acting in good faith and without knowledge of incriminatory circumstances, or of defects or objections. See not guilty @ innocent agent In criminal law, one who, being ignorant of any unlawful intent on the part of his principal …   Black's law dictionary

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