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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
Historical Examples
  • In that one moment when he had looked into her eyes he had felt that she was guiltless.

  • They named Moses as their surety; not even he was guiltless.

  • His dark-blue eyes, guiltless of amorous droop, wide and bright, had in them a strained intensity of regard that was painful.

    A Pasteboard Crown Clara Morris
  • But why, in the case first supposed, is the owner quit, or guiltless?

    Select Temperance Tracts American Tract Society
  • guiltless in regard to one who is no more; accountable to oneself and one's fellow beings.

    Creditors; Pariah August Strindberg
  • She was dressed in very somber clothes, guiltless of curves or graces.

    Hester's Counterpart Jean K. Baird
  • On their way to the gallows they still declared that they were guiltless, after the manner of all men to be hanged.

  • If they ha been guiltless, they should be richly repaid; if they ha been guilty, they should be pardoned.

    Privy Seal Ford Madox Ford
  • Betty was not guiltless of sitting on the stairs and crying at odd moments.

    Beyond John Galsworthy
  • The most guiltless, but necessarily much the least important, is Claire.

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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