Definition of innocent adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɪnəsnt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪnəsnt//
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  1. 1  not 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 behaviour. 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. 3  having little experience of the world, especially of sexual matters, or of evil or unpleasant things synonym naive an innocent young child See related entries: Youth
  4. 4not intended to cause harm or upset somebody synonym harmless It was all innocent fun. It was a perfectly innocent remark.
  5. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French, or from Latin innocent- ‘not harming’, from in- ‘not’ + nocere ‘to hurt’.Extra examples He came across as deceptively innocent and childlike. He pleaded innocent to the charges. I am totally innocent of this crime. I had always believed her innocent. She tried to sound all innocent as she asked the question. She was sixteen and sweetly innocent. Stop playing innocent and answer my questions, please. The accused person should always be presumed innocent until proved guilty. The circumstance could be altogether innocent, but suspicions have been raised. The court found her innocent of the crime. the strangely innocent world of her childhood He prefers to see his teenage daughter as an innocent young child. He was the innocent party in the breakdown of the marriage.
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