Definition of Innocent

1. Noun. A person who lacks knowledge of evil.

Exact synonyms: Inexperienced Person
Generic synonyms: Individual, Mortal, Person, Somebody, Someone, Soul
Specialized synonyms: Boy Scout, Dear, Lamb, Naif, Virgin

2. Adjective. Free from evil or guilt. "The principle that one is innocent until proved guilty"

3. Adjective. Lacking intent or capacity to injure. "An innocent prank"
Exact synonyms: Innocuous
Similar to: Harmless

4. Adjective. Free from sin.
Exact synonyms: Impeccant, Sinless
Similar to: Virtuous
Derivative terms: Innocence, Sinlessness

5. Adjective. Lacking in sophistication or worldliness. "His ingenuous explanation that he would not have burned the church if he had not thought the bishop was in it"
Exact synonyms: Ingenuous
Similar to: Naif, Naive
Derivative terms: Ingenuousness, Innocence

6. Adjective. Not knowledgeable about something specified. "A person unacquainted with our customs"
Exact synonyms: Unacquainted
Similar to: Uninformed

7. Adjective. Completely wanting or lacking. "The sentence was devoid of meaning"
Exact synonyms: Barren, Destitute, Devoid, Free
Similar to: Nonexistent

8. Adjective. (used of things) lacking sense or awareness. "Fine innocent weather"
Language type: Archaicism, Archaism
Similar to: Unconscious

Definition of Innocent

1. a. Not harmful; free from that which can injure; innoxious; innocuous; harmless; as, an innocent medicine or remedy.

2. n. An innocent person; one free from, or unacquainted with, guilt or sin.

Definition of Innocent

1. Adjective. Free from guilt, sin, or immorality. ¹

2. Adjective. Bearing no legal responsibility for a wrongful act. ¹

3. Adjective. Naive; artless. ¹

4. Adjective. Harmless in intent. ¹

5. Adjective. (context: with ''of'') Having no knowledge (of something). ¹

6. Adjective. (context: with ''of'') Lacking (something). ¹

7. Noun. Those who are innocent; young children. ¹

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Definition of Innocent

1. free from guilt or sin [adj -CENTER, -CENTEST] / an innocent person [n -S]

Medical Definition of Innocent

1. 1. An innocent person; one free from, or unacquainted with, guilt or sin. 2. An unsophisticated person; hence, a child; a simpleton; an idiot. "In Scotland a natural fool was called an innocent." (Sir W. Scott) Innocents' day, Childermas day. 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." (Pope) 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. 4) "The aidless,innocent lady, his wished prey." (Milton) 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. 13) 4. Simple; artless; foolish. 5. Lawful; permitted; as, an innocent trade. 6. Not contraband; not subject to forfeiture; as, innocent goods carried to a belligerent nation. Innocent party,a party who has not notice of a fact tainting a litigated transaction with illegality. Synonym: Harmless, innoxious, innoffensive, guiltless, spotless, immaculate, pure, unblamable, blameless, faultless, guileless, upright. Origin: F.innocent, L. Innocens, -entis; pref. In- not + nocens, Of nocere to harm, hurt. See Noxious. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Innocent

innocent (current term)
innocent bystander cell
innocent murmur
innocent of(p)
innocent tumour

Literary usage of Innocent

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"Though the previous decisions of innocent I had removed all doubts about the ... All this was addressed to innocent I, of whose death Pelagius had not yet ..."

2. The Papacy and the Levant (1204-1571). by Kenneth M. Setton (1984)
"innocent III and his immediate successors undoubtedly saw the Fourth Crusade ... On November,, innocent III had written the Catholic clergy in the East that ..."

3. The woman in white by Wilkie Collins (1871)
"I believe in my soul that the Hand of God was pointing their way back to them; and that the most innocent and the most afflicted of His creatures was chosen ..."

4. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1829)
"It was at the feet of his legate that John of England surrendered his crown ; and innocent may boast of the two most signal triumphs over sense and humanity ..."

5. The American Journal of International Law by American Society of International Law (1917)
"CHARLES NOBLE GREGORY SUBMARINES AND innocent PASSAGE The activity of the German U-boat 53 by its entrance into the r of Newport, its short stay there, ..."

6. Publications by Scottish History Society, Dorset Record Society (1907)
"Bull against duelling on the part of religious.1 innocent, bishop, ... 1 This bull of innocent III. was drawn up fifteen and a half years (Dr. Robertson, ..."

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