Definition of innocence noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɪnəsns//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪnəsns//
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  1. 1the fact of not being guilty of a crime, etc. She protested her innocence (= said repeatedly that she was innocent). This new evidence will prove their innocence. I asked if she was married in all innocence (= without knowing it was likely to offend or upset her). opposite guilt
  2. 2lack of knowledge and experience of the world, especially of evil or unpleasant things Children lose their innocence as they grow older. In her innocence, she agreed to go back with him to his house.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French, from Latin innocentia, from innocent- ‘not harming’ (based on nocere ‘injure’).Extra examples Hayes has protested his innocence throughout the case. He grinned with apparent innocence. He had lost the innocence of childhood. He has maintained his innocence throughout the trial. I asked her the question in all innocence. I didn’t know it was going to upset her. In her innocence, she had allowed the man into her house. In his innocence he had allowed the salesman in to discuss vacuum cleaners. She claimed total innocence of all charges. She had taken advantage of his innocence. She replied to her father’s accusations in tones of injured innocence. She was convinced of her son’s innocence. The prisoners passionately proclaimed their innocence in front of the jury. The solicitors were convinced of his innocence and urged him to appeal the conviction. There is an innocence about the story. There was a touching air of innocence about the boy. I asked if she was married in all innocence. I felt I had returned to a state of almost child-like innocence. In her innocence, she had stopped to help a girl who seemed to be injured. She protested her innocence. The story is about a child’s loss of innocence. There was a touching innocence about the child’s request. There were claims that the whole nation had somehow lost its innocence.
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