Definitions for: Innocent

[n] a person who lacks knowledge of evil
[adj] (archaic) used of things; lacking sense or awareness; "ignorant hope"; "fine innocent weather"
[adj] lacking intent or capacity to injure; "an innocent prank"
[adj] free from evil or guilt; "an innocent child"; "the principle that one is innocent until proved guilty"
[adj] lacking in sophistication or worldliness; "a child's innocent stare"; "his ingenuous explanation that he would not have burned the church if he had not thought the bishop was in it"
[adj] free from sin

Webster (1913) Definition: In"no*cent, a. [F. innocent, L. innocens, -entis;
pref. in- not + nocens, p. pr. of nocere to harm, hurt. See
1. Not harmful; free from that which can injure; innoxious;
innocuous; harmless; as, an innocent medicine or remedy.

The spear Sung innocent,and spent its force in air.

2. Morally free from guilt; guiltless; not tainted with sin;
pure; upright.

To offer up a weak, poor, innocent lamb. --Shak.

I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent
blood. --Matt. xxvii.

The aidless,innocent lady, his wished prey.

3. Free from the guilt of a particular crime or offense; as,
a man is innocent of the crime charged.

Innocent from the great transgression. --Ps. xix.

4. Simple; artless; foolish. --Shak.

5. Lawful; permitted; as, an innocent trade.

6. Not contraband; not subject to forfeiture; as, innocent
goods carried to a belligerent nation.

Innocent party (Law),a party who has not notice of a fact
tainting a litigated transaction with illegality.

Syn: Harmless; innoxious; innoffensive; guiltless; spotless;
immaculate; pure; unblamable; blameless; faultless;
guileless; upright.

In"no*cent, n.
1. An innocent person; one free from, or unacquainted with,
guilt or sin. --Shak.

2. An unsophisticated person; hence, a child; a simpleton; an
idiot. --B. Jonson.

In Scotland a natural fool was called an innocent.
--Sir W.

Innocents' day (Eccl.), Childermas day.

Synonyms: absolved, acquitted, blameless, clean-handed, clear, cleared, exculpated, exonerated, guiltless, harmless, ignorant, impeccant, inculpable, inexperienced person, ingenuous, innocuous, irreproachable, naif, naive, not guilty, sinless, unconscious, unimpeachable, vindicated, virtuous

Antonyms: guilty

See Also: boy scout, dear, exculpatory, human, individual, lamb, mortal, person, righteous, somebody, someone, soul, virgin

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