free from wrongdoing; guiltless.

Origin of clean-handed

First recorded in 1720–30
Related formsclean·hand·ed·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for clean-handed

Historical Examples of clean-handed

  • One like Samson is clean-handed in what it would be unutterably base for us to do.

    Judges and Ruth

    Robert A. Watson

  • To shame him before the world, whose ancestors had been upright and clean-handed?

    Satan Sanderson

    Hallie Erminie Rives

  • I want to learn that he is as clean-handed in this affair with the Sewells as he thinks himself.

  • So, clear speaking is needed: a fight that is not clean-handed will make victory more disgraceful than any defeat.

    Principles of Freedom

    Terence J. MacSwiney

  • May it wave there so long as it covers just laws, honest officials, and clean-handed administrators—so long and no longer!

    The Great Boer War

    Arthur Conan Doyle