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Definition of "innocence" []

  • The state, quality, or virtue of being innocent, as: (noun)
  • Freedom from sin, moral wrong, or guilt through lack of knowledge of evil. (noun)
  • Guiltlessness of a specific legal crime or offense. (noun)
  • Freedom from guile, cunning, or deceit; simplicity or artlessness. (noun)
  • Lack of worldliness or sophistication; naiveté. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "innocence" in a sentence
  • "It removes more than half my misfortune; and I feel as if I could die in peace, now that my innocence is acknowledged by you, dear lady, and your cousin."
  • "Describing his nine nights in jail as "solitary confinement in the bottom of a Victorian prison," he thanked his attorneys and supporters, including the prominent backers who posted his bail, before vowing to continue WikiLeaks' work as he tries to prove what he described as his innocence in the sex-crime cases."
  • "And then we release them months later when their innocence is apparent."