innocent - definition and synonyms


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  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

  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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  3. 3
    not very experienced concerning life and the bad things that people do so that you tend to trust people too much

    an innocent child

    1. a.
      morally good and with no wish to harm anyone

      She can’t be as innocent as she seems.

derived word



The affair had begun innocently enough.