free from moral wrong; without sin; pure: innocent children.
free from legal or specific wrong; guiltless: innocent of the crime.
not involving evil intent or motive: an innocent misrepresentation.
not causing physical or moral injury; harmless: innocent fun.
devoid (usually followed by of ): a law innocent of merit.
having or showing the simplicity or naiveté of an unworldly person; guileless; ingenuous.
uninformed or unaware; ignorant.
an innocent person.
a young child.
a guileless person.
a simpleton or idiot.
Usually, innocents. (used with a singular verb) bluet ( def 1 ).

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

innocently, adverb
quasi-innocent, adjective
quasi-innocently, adverb
superinnocent, adjective
superinnocently, adverb
uninnocent, adjective
uninnocently, adverb

1. acquitted, innocent, nolo contendere (see synonym study at the current entry) ; 2. innocence, innocents.

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.

1, 2. guilty. Unabridged
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innocent (ˈɪnəsənt)
adj (foll by of)
1.  not corrupted or tainted with evil or unpleasant emotion; sinless; pure
2.  not guilty of a particular crime; blameless
3.  free (of); lacking: innocent of all knowledge of history
4.  a.  harmless or innocuous: an innocent game
 b.  not cancerous: an innocent tumour
5.  credulous, naive, or artless
6.  simple-minded; slow-witted
7.  an innocent person, esp a young child or an ingenuous adult
8.  a simple-minded person; simpleton

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Word Origin & History

1340, "doing no evil, free from sin or guilt," from O.Fr. innocent (11c.), from L. innocentem (nom. innocens) "not guilty, harmless, blameless," from in- "not" + nocentem (nom. nocens), prp. of nocere "to harm" (see noxious). Meaning "free from guilt of a crime or charge"
is from 1382. The earliest use was as a noun, "person who is innocent of sin or evil" (c.1200).
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Medical Dictionary

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

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Example sentences
For others, it starts out innocently, by becoming too reliant on pain pills
  prescribed by a doctor after an accident.
In which they innocently planted the giant hogweed throughout the land.
Many people caught with unregistered antiquities claim they bought them in good
  faith or inherited them innocently.
As if the bankers were innocently minding their business and suddenly noticed
  all these incentives magically appearing.
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