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Definition of innocence noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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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.
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