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guiltless

[gilt-lis]
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adjective
  1. free from guilt; innocent.
  2. having no knowledge or experience; innocent (usually followed by of).
  3. destitute or devoid (usually followed by of): a house guiltless of any charm.
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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

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1. See innocent.
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Examples from the Web for guiltlessly

Historical Examples

  • Why one does not, guiltily or guiltlessly, claim other people's baggage, I do not know; but apparently it is not the custom.

    Seven English Cities

    William Dean Howells

  • Perhaps a little White Emancipation on this side of the water might be still more desirable, and more easily and guiltlessly won.


British Dictionary definitions for guiltlessly

guiltless

adjective
  1. free of all responsibility for wrongdoing or crime; innocent
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Derived Formsguiltlessly, adverbguiltlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for guiltlessly

guiltless

adj.

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

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