Definition of Innocence

1. Noun. The quality of innocent naivete.

Exact synonyms: Artlessness, Ingenuousness, Naturalness
Generic synonyms: Naiveness, Naivete, Naivety
Specialized synonyms: Innocency
Derivative terms: Artless, Ingenuous, Innocent

2. Noun. The state of being unsullied by sin or moral wrong; lacking a knowledge of evil.
Exact synonyms: Pureness, Purity, Sinlessness, Whiteness
Generic synonyms: Condition, Status
Specialized synonyms: Cleanness
Derivative terms: Innocent, Pure, Pure, Pure, Purify, Sinless, White

3. Noun. A state or condition of being innocent of a specific crime or offense. "The trial established his innocence"
Generic synonyms: Condition, Status
Specialized synonyms: Blamelessness, Guiltlessness, Inculpability, Inculpableness, Clear
Antonyms: Guilt
Derivative terms: Innocent

Definition of Innocence

1. n. The state or quality of being innocent; freedom from that which is harmful or infurious; harmlessness.

Definition of Innocence

1. Noun. Absence of responsibility for a crime. ¹

2. Noun. Lack of understanding about sensitive subjects such as sexuality and crime. ¹

3. Noun. Lack of ability or intention to harm or damage. ¹

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Definition of Innocence

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Medical Definition of Innocence

1. 1. The state or quality of being innocent; freedom from that which is harmful or infurious; harmlessness. 2. The state or quality of being morally free from guilt or sin; purity of heart; blamelessness. "The silence often of pure innocence Persuades when speaking fails." (Shak) "Banished from man's life his happiest life, Simplicity and spotless innocence!" (Milton) 3. The state or quality of being not chargeable for, or guilty of, a particular crime or offense; as, the innocence of the prisoner was clearly shown. 4. Simplicity or plainness, bordering on weakness or silliness; artlessness; ingenuousness. Synonym: Harmlessness, innocuousness, blamelessness, purity, sinlessness, guiltlessness. Origin: F. Innocence, L. Innocentia. See Innocent. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Innocence

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Literary usage of Innocence

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1. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1901)
"... retired into the most secret recesses of his apartment.12 HI. prou«u- The grief of Julian could proceed only from his innocence ; •net but his innocence ..."

2. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"Far more successful in this respect were the children's verses of William Blake, whose 'Solids of innocence' (1787), though chronologically belonging to the ..."

3. A History of English Dramatic Literature to the Death of Queen Anne by Adolphus William Ward (1899)
"The 'opera' of The State of innocence and Fall of and Fall of Man, ... In The State of innocence (act i. sc. i) Lucifer addresses the infernal powers as ..."

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