- the quality or state of being innocent; freedom from sin or moral wrong.
- freedom from legal or specific wrong; guiltlessness: The prisoner proved his innocence.
- simplicity; absence of guile or cunning; naiveté.
- lack of knowledge or understanding.
- harmlessness; innocuousness.
- an innocent person or thing.
- bluet(def 1).
- blue-eyed Mary.
Origin of innocence
Related Words for innocencerighteousness, virtue, probity, uprightness, chastity, incorruptibility, purity, impeccability, incorruption, simplicity, frankness, unfamiliarity, plainness, lack, freshness, ignorance, inexperience, nescience, sincerity, unawareness
Examples from the Web for innocence
Contemporary Examples of innocence
“The innocence of young people must be preserved at all costs,” said Glees.Britain May Spy on Preschoolers Searching for Potential Jihadis
January 7, 2015
He did not plead guilty, and has regularly filed petitions in an effort to prove his innocence.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015
December 25, 2014
But I remain in prison on these baseless allegations while waiting for the chance to prove my innocence.An American Marine in Iran’s Prisons Goes on Hunger Strike
December 18, 2014
We look forward to proving their innocence and to their complete vindication before a trial court.Beaten By His Church for Being Gay
December 16, 2014
And there were much wider protests later in 2012 after the anti-Islam movie trailer, “Innocence of Muslims,” appeared on YouTube.Why the Muslim World Isn’t Flipping Out Over the CIA Torture Report
December 12, 2014
Historical Examples of innocence
Is there any other wisdom, than true simplicity and innocence?
I think this blessing comes from the Divine, by reason of the innocence of his life.
Listen to the voice that tries to win you back to innocence and truth!
He wished to be dressed completely in white, as a symbol of his innocence.
It is natural to goodness and innocence, but not the less is the error a disastrous one.Weighed and Wanting
- the quality or state of being innocentArchaic word: innocency (ˈɪnəsənsɪ)
Word Origin for innocence
mid-14c., "freedom from guilt," from Old French inocence "innocence, purity, chastity" (12c.), from Latin innocentia, from innocens "harmless, blameless" (see innocent). Meaning "lacking in guile or artifice" is from late 14c.