[ in-uh-suhns ]
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  1. the quality or state of being innocent; freedom from sin or moral wrong.

  2. freedom from legal or specific wrong; guiltlessness: The prisoner proved his innocence.

  1. simplicity; absence of guile or cunning; naiveté.

  2. lack of knowledge or understanding.

  3. harmlessness; innocuousness.

  4. an innocent person or thing.

Origin of innocence

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English word from Latin word innocentia.See innocent, -ence

Other words from innocence

  • su·per·in·no·cence, noun

Words that may be confused with innocence

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How to use innocence in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for innocence


/ (ˈɪnəsəns) /

  1. the quality or state of being innocent: Archaic word: innocency (ˈɪnəsənsɪ)

Origin of innocence

C14: from Latin innocentia harmlessness, from innocēns doing no harm, blameless, from in- 1 + nocēns harming, from nocēre to hurt, harm; see noxious

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