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Definition of "innocent" []

  • Uncorrupted by evil, malice, or wrongdoing; sinless: an innocent child. (adjective)
  • Not guilty of a specific crime or offense; legally blameless: was innocent of all charges. (adjective)
  • Within, allowed by, or sanctioned by the law; lawful. (adjective)
  • Not dangerous or harmful; innocuous: an innocent prank. (adjective)
  • Candid; straightforward: a child's innocent stare. (adjective)

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 "innocent" in a sentence
  • "Many innocent acts _occasion_ evil, and in such case all I am bound to ask myself before doing such _innocent act_, is, "Shall I occasion, on the whole, more harm or good.""
  • "This innocent rhetoric, from the realm of religious-ethical balderdash, appears _a good deal less innocent_ when one reflects upon the tendency that it conceals beneath sublime words: the tendency to _destroy life_."
  • "This twisted notion that we would only observe our own laws, our own Constitution, our own Enlightenment Age ideals-if there was something in it for us, if we could somehow profit by it - appalls me. brought to mind something in a talk given by Sabine Willet (one of the attys for the Uighur and a commerical bankruptucy lawyer who felt compelled by the injustice to do something - while DOJ litigators felt compelled to lie to courts and continue to block habeas requests for men who their own files showed were innocent and had been abused and tortured bc of governmental policy that * no one leaves GITMO innocent*)"