Quasi-innocent

innocent

[in-uh-suhnt]
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:
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.
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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
 
n
7.  an innocent person, esp a young child or an ingenuous adult
8.  a simple-minded person; simpleton
 
'innocently
 
adv

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Word Origin & History

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

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