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adjective innocent pronunciation in British English /ˈɪnəs(ə)nt/
  1. 1
    not guilty of a crime
    Under the law, everyone is considered innocent until proved guilty.
    the imprisonment of innocent people
    innocent of a crime/charge: She was completely innocent of any crime.
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    1. a.
      used about someone who is harmed by a crime or a bad situation, but has done nothing wrong
      the innocent victims of terrorism
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  2. 2
    not intended to harm or upset anyone
    an innocent remark
    1. a.
      not involving a crime or anything morally wrong
      an innocent mistake
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The affair had begun innocently enough.
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