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Definition of innocent adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1not guilty of a crime, etc.; not having done something wrong They have imprisoned an innocent man. innocent (of something) She was found innocent of any crime. He was the innocent party (= person) in the breakdown of the marriage. There must be an innocent explanation for her behavior. opposite guilty
  2. 2[only before noun] suffering harm or being killed because of a crime, war, etc. although not directly involved in it an innocent bystander innocent victims of a bomb blast Thousands of innocent civilians have been killed in this conflict.
  3. 3not intended to cause harm or upset someone synonym harmless It was all innocent fun. It was a perfectly innocent remark.
  4. 4having little experience of the world, especially of sexual matters, or of evil or unpleasant things synonym naive an innocent young child
    adverb “Oh, Sue went too, did she?” I asked innocently (= pretending I did not know that this was important).
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