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blameless

[ bleym-lis ]
/ ˈbleɪm lɪs /
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adjective
free from or not deserving blame; guiltless: a blameless child.
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Origin of blameless

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at blame, -less

synonym study for blameless

See innocent.

OTHER WORDS FROM blameless

blame·less·ly, adverbblame·less·ness, noun
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What does blameless mean?

Blameless is used to describe someone who hasn’t done anything wrong—they haven’t done anything to be blamed for.

To blame someone for something is to accuse them of having caused it or to hold them responsible for it. The word blame is always used in the context of something bad that happened—you don’t blame someone for something good. When someone is blamed for something, it doesn’t mean they are guilty of it—it simply means they are being accused of being guilty of it.

However, the word blameless typically implies that a person is completely innocent. It’s often used in negative constructions to suggest the opposite.

Example: Those who participated in the fraud should be held responsible, but those who knew about it and did nothing are not blameless.

Where does blameless come from?

The first records of the word blameless come from the 1300s. Blame comes from the Late Latin blasphēmāre, meaning “to blaspheme” (“to speak in a disrespectful way about God or other things considered sacred”). The suffix -less means “without” and is used to form adjectives.

The phrase without blame can be used as a synonym of blameless. The opposite of blameless is blameworthy, which is used to describe someone or something that deserves to be blamed for something or to receive criticism for having caused it. The word blameful means the same thing as blameworthy but is less commonly used.

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  • blamelessness (noun)
  • blame (verb, noun)

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How is blameless used in real life?

Blameless usually means “innocent,” but it’s typically in negative contexts—especially ones in which blame is being assigned or denied.

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Is blameless used correctly in the following sentence?

“He is utterly blameless and has done nothing wrong.”

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British Dictionary definitions for blameless

blameless
/ (ˈbleɪmlɪs) /

adjective
free from blame; innocent

Derived forms of blameless

blamelessly, adverbblamelessness, noun
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