free from guilt; innocent.
having no knowledge or experience; innocent (usually followed by of).
destitute or devoid (usually followed by of): a house guiltless of any charm.

Origin of guiltless

Middle English word dating back to 1150–1200; see origin at guilt, -less
Related formsguilt·less·ly, adverbguilt·less·ness, noun

Synonyms for guiltless

1. See innocent. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for guiltless

Historical Examples of guiltless

  • He felt morally bound to get it repaired, though he was guiltless of the damage.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • If it is true that "offences come only from the heart," before you I am guiltless.

  • He is guiltless in the eye of the world, and that at least should plead for him.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • It was only the old, old situation: the guiltless one must suffer for the guilty.

    The Dominant Strain

    Anna Chapin Ray

  • Their souls are guiltless of hypocrisy—for whatever that may avail them.

British Dictionary definitions for guiltless



free of all responsibility for wrongdoing or crime; innocent
Derived Formsguiltlessly, adverbguiltlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for guiltless

late Old English gyltleas; see guilt (n.) + -less. Related: Guiltlessly; guiltlessness.

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