innocence

[in-uh-suhns]
noun
1.
the quality or state of being innocent; freedom from sin or moral wrong.
2.
freedom from legal or specific wrong; guiltlessness: The prisoner proved his innocence.
3.
simplicity; absence of guile or cunning; naiveté.
4.
lack of knowledge or understanding.
5.
harmlessness; innocuousness.
7.
an innocent person or thing.
8.
bluet ( def 1 ).

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English < Latin innocentia. See innocent, -ence

superinnocence, noun

innocence, innocents.
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innocence (ˈɪnəsəns)
 
n
Archaic word: innocency the quality or state of being innocent
 
[C14: from Latin innocentia harmlessness, from innocēns doing no harm, blameless, from in-1 + nocēns harming, from nocēre to hurt, harm; see noxious]

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Example sentences
Readers share their tales of innocence lost as fans.
My dedication to the campus mirrored the panic and innocence of all too many
  newly hired faculty members.
He hopes that their innocence will be shown on appeal.
The scriptures do not agree on the governor's ultimate degree of guilt or
  innocence.
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