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[gilt-lis] /ˈgɪlt lɪs/
free from guilt; innocent.
having no knowledge or experience; innocent (usually followed by of).
destitute or devoid (usually followed by of):
a house guiltless of any charm.
Origin of guiltless
1150-1200; Middle English; see guilt, -less
Related forms
guiltlessly, adverb
guiltlessness, noun
1. See innocent. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for guiltless
  • While some believed it to be a guiltless method of free labor, others found it morally wrong.
  • We can never be satisfied as long as the guiltless are slaughtered.
  • But she realized that she was proud and cheeky herself, that she was not always guiltless.
  • And yet he cannot feel guiltless, cannot endure his work, sees himself as trapped: here lies his victimization.
  • Indeed that guiltless view might have remained the general view.
  • Neither side is guiltless if its adversary is appointed judge.
  • But his admission was coupled with a statement which showed him te be guiltless.
  • But his admission was coupled with a statement which showed him te be guiltless.
  • Of course the law must punish those who transgress it, but it must not condemn the guiltless, nor uproot the wheat with the weeds.
British Dictionary definitions for guiltless


free of all responsibility for wrongdoing or crime; innocent
Derived Forms
guiltlessly, adverb
guiltlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for guiltless

late Old English gyltleas; see guilt (n.) + -less. Related: Guiltlessly; guiltlessness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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