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innocent

[in-uh-suh nt] /ˈɪn ə sənt/
adjective
1.
free from moral wrong; without sin; pure:
innocent children.
2.
free from legal or specific wrong; guiltless:
innocent of the crime.
3.
not involving evil intent or motive:
an innocent misrepresentation.
4.
not causing physical or moral injury; harmless:
innocent fun.
5.
devoid (usually followed by of):
a law innocent of merit.
6.
having or showing the simplicity or naiveté of an unworldly person; guileless; ingenuous.
7.
uninformed or unaware; ignorant.
noun
8.
an innocent person.
9.
a young child.
10.
a guileless person.
11.
a simpleton or idiot.
12.
Usually, innocents. (used with a singular verb) bluet (def 1).
Origin of innocent
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English < Latin innocent- (stem of innocēns) harmless, equivalent to in- in-3 + nocēns present participle of nocēre to harm; see -ent; cf. noxious
Related forms
innocently, adverb
quasi-innocent, adjective
quasi-innocently, adverb
superinnocent, adjective
superinnocently, adverb
uninnocent, adjective
uninnocently, adverb
Can be confused
acquitted, innocent, nolo contendere (see synonym study at the current entry)
innocence, innocents.
Synonyms
1. sinless, virtuous; faultless, impeccable, spotless, immaculate. 2. Innocent, blameless, guiltless imply freedom from the responsibility of having done wrong. Innocent may imply having done no wrong at any time, and having not even a knowledge of evil: an innocent victim. Blameless denotes freedom from blame, especially moral blame: a blameless life. Guiltless denotes freedom from guilt or responsibility for wrongdoing, usually in a particular instance: guiltless of a crime. 6. simple, naive, unsophisticated, artless.
Antonyms
1, 2. guilty.
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  • "I thought myself that I looked nice this morning," she added, innocently.

    Sisters Kathleen Norris
  • "I've no one to teach me," said Betty, innocently phrasing a long-felt want.

  • Old Saillard would say, innocently, "Isn't she clever, that Elisabeth of mine?"

    Bureaucracy Honore de Balzac
  • "He's an awfully good chap, you know," said Vernon innocently.

  • innocently enough—I laugh when I think of it—he asked for a case of wedding-rings; he wanted the best, of solid gold.

    A Fair Mystery Bertha M. Clay
British Dictionary definitions for innocently

innocent

/ˈɪnəsənt/
adjective
1.
not corrupted or tainted with evil or unpleasant emotion; sinless; pure
2.
not guilty of a particular crime; blameless
3.
(postpositive) foll by of. free (of); lacking: innocent of all knowledge of history
4.
  1. harmless or innocuous: an innocent game
  2. not cancerous: an innocent tumour
5.
credulous, naive, or artless
6.
simple-minded; slow-witted
noun
7.
an innocent person, esp a young child or an ingenuous adult
8.
a simple-minded person; simpleton
Derived Forms
innocently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for innocently
adv.

c.1400, from innocent (adj.) + -ly (2).

innocent

adj.

mid-14c., "doing no evil, free from sin or guilt," from Old French inocent "harmless; not guilty; pure" (11c.), from Latin innocentem (nominative innocens) "not guilty, harmless, blameless," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + nocentem (nominative nocens), present participle of nocere "to harm" (see noxious). Meaning "free from guilt of a specific crime or charge" is from late 14c. The earliest use was as a noun, "person who is innocent of sin or evil" (c.1200). The Holy Innocents (early 14c.) were the young children slain by Herod sfter the birth of Jesus (Matt. ii:16).

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innocently in Medicine

innocent in·no·cent (ĭn'ə-sənt)
adj.
Not apparently harmful; benign.

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