- free from moral wrong; without sin; pure: innocent children.
- free from legal or specific wrong; guiltless: innocent of the crime.
- not involving evil intent or motive: an innocent misrepresentation.
- not causing physical or moral injury; harmless: innocent fun.
- devoid (usually followed by of): a law innocent of merit.
- having or showing the simplicity or naiveté of an unworldly person; guileless; ingenuous.
- uninformed or unaware; ignorant.
- an innocent person.
- a young child.
- a guileless person.
- a simpleton or idiot.
- Usually innocents. (used with a singular verb) bluet(def 1).
Origin of innocent
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Examples from the Web for innocently
But the entendre and innuendo permeates the rest of the series—often innocently, but sometimes far more blatantly.‘Mozart in the Jungle’: Inside Amazon’s Brave New World of Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music
December 23, 2014
I innocently wrote a letter home to my mother telling her how great the French chef was in the headquarters canteen.I Saw Nuclear Armageddon Sitting on My Desk
November 10, 2014
So I would trap everyone with that, by innocently asking if they remembered what they said about Mark-Paul or Tiffani.'Saved by the Bell' Star Dustin Diamond Doesn't Want to Be a Jerk Anymore
August 11, 2014
There was that innocently ignoble time Phoebe Buffay pretended she was a physician named Dr. Regina Phalange.Scandal’s Lisa Kudrow on Sexism in Politics (and That Epic Rant)
November 14, 2013
Cosby was innocently changing his tire that night when he was robbed at gunpoint and then shot in the head.Trayvon Martin’s Death Is Like Ennis Cosby’s
July 14, 2013
"You first, professor," said Yates; and Tim innocently offered him the vessel.In the Midst of Alarms
"I expect to be as gay as a cricket," returned Mrs. Blair, innocently.Meadow Grass
"I've no one to teach me," said Betty, innocently phrasing a long-felt want.
"He's an awfully good chap, you know," said Vernon innocently.
“I wish you would tell me why you have come here,” I inquired, innocently.The First Violin
- not corrupted or tainted with evil or unpleasant emotion; sinless; pure
- not guilty of a particular crime; blameless
- (postpositive foll by of) free (of); lackinginnocent of all knowledge of history
- harmless or innocuousan innocent game
- not cancerousan innocent tumour
- credulous, naive, or artless
- simple-minded; slow-witted
- an innocent person, esp a young child or an ingenuous adult
- a simple-minded person; simpleton
Word Origin and History for innocently
mid-14c., "doing no evil, free from sin or guilt," from Old French inocent "harmless; not guilty; pure" (11c.), from Latin innocentem (nominative innocens) "not guilty, harmless, blameless," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + nocentem (nominative nocens), present participle of nocere "to harm" (see noxious). Meaning "free from guilt of a specific crime or charge" is from late 14c. The earliest use was as a noun, "person who is innocent of sin or evil" (c.1200). The Holy Innocents (early 14c.) were the young children slain by Herod sfter the birth of Jesus (Matt. ii:16).
- Not apparently harmful; benign.