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.

Nearby words

  1. guilt,
  2. guilt by association,
  3. guilt trip,
  4. guilt-trip,
  5. guiltiness,
  6. guiltlessly,
  7. guilty,
  8. guimpe,
  9. guin.,
  10. guinea

Origin of guiltless

Middle English word dating back to 1150–1200; see origin at guilt, -less

SYNONYMS FOR guiltless
1. See innocent.

Related formsguilt·less·ly, adverbguilt·less·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for guiltlessly

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for guiltlessly



free of all responsibility for wrongdoing or crime; innocent
Derived Formsguiltlessly, adverbguiltlessness, noun

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Word Origin and History for guiltlessly



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

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