adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin innocent-, innocens, from in- + nocent-, nocens wicked, from present participle of nocēre to harm — more at noxious Date: 14th century 1. a. free from guilt or sin especially through lack of knowledge of evil ; blameless <
an innocent child
b. harmless in effect or intention <
searching for a hidden motive in even the most innocent conversation — Leonard Wibberley
; also candid <
gave me an innocent gaze
c. free from legal guilt or fault; also lawful <
a wholly innocent transaction
2. a. lacking or reflecting a lack of sophistication, guile, or self-consciousness ; artless, ingenuous b. ignorant <
almost entirely innocent of Latin — C. L. Wrenn
; also unaware <
perfectly innocent of the confusion he had created — B. R. Haydon
3. lacking or deprived of something <
her face innocent of cosmetics — Marcia Davenport
innocent nouninnocently adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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