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[bleym-lis] /ˈbleɪm lɪs/
free from or not deserving blame; guiltless:
a blameless child.
Origin of blameless
1350-1400; Middle English; see blame, -less
Related forms
blamelessly, adverb
blamelessness, noun
irreproachable. See innocent.
guilty. Unabridged
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  • In his illness there was nothing more to be regretted than in all his blameless life.
  • And fact-finding missions always uncover the truth, which exonerates the blameless.
  • After all, it did wait eight months before taking the points away, and is not entirely blameless.
  • Furthermore, neither left nor right is totally to blame for the situation, and neither left nor right is totally blameless.
  • Meanwhile the leaders who micro-manage these once strong systems into the ground somehow stay on top and blameless.
  • Public figures with blameless private lives may find the media's habitual prurience so unbearable that they leave office.
  • One rogue employee can't easily cause a crippling probe into an otherwise blameless company.
  • But those who want to do business only with blameless logging firms will have trouble finding any.
  • Many blameless people, including watching journalists, were beaten up.
  • It appears he's led a life so blameless one is tempted to suspect him of lack of imagination.
British Dictionary definitions for blameless


free from blame; innocent
Derived Forms
blamelessly, adverb
blamelessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for blameless

late 14c., from blame (n.) + -less. Related: Blamelessly; blamelessness. Seldom-used blameful is recorded from late 14c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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