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innocent

[ in-uh-suhnt ]
/ ˈɪn ə sənt /
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adjective

noun

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Origin of innocent

First recorded in 1150–1200; Middle English, from Latin innocent- (stem of innocēns ) “harmless,” equivalent to in- in-3 + nocēns present participle of nocēre “to harm”; see -ent; cf. noxious

synonym study for innocent

2. Innocent, blameless, guiltless imply freedom from the responsibility of having done wrong. Innocent may imply having done no wrong at any time, and having not even a knowledge of evil: an innocent victim. Blameless denotes freedom from blame, especially moral blame: a blameless life. Guiltless denotes freedom from guilt or responsibility for wrongdoing, usually in a particular instance: guiltless of a crime.

OTHER WORDS FROM innocent

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH innocent

1. acquitted, innocent , nolo contendere2. innocence, innocents
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British Dictionary definitions for innocent

innocent
/ (ˈɪnəsənt) /

adjective

noun

an innocent person, esp a young child or an ingenuous adult
a simple-minded person; simpleton

Derived forms of innocent

innocently, adverb
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Medical definitions for innocent

innocent
[ ĭnə-sənt ]

adj.

Not apparently harmful; benign.
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