from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The state, quality, or virtue of being innocent, as:
- n. Freedom from sin, moral wrong, or guilt through lack of knowledge of evil.
- n. Guiltlessness of a specific legal crime or offense.
- n. Freedom from guile, cunning, or deceit; simplicity or artlessness.
- n. Lack of worldliness or sophistication; naiveté.
- n. Lack of knowledge or understanding; ignorance.
- n. Freedom from harmfulness; inoffensiveness.
- n. One that is innocent.
- n. Botany See blue-eyed Mary.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Absence of responsibility for a crime.
- n. Lack of understanding about sensitive subjects such as sexuality and crime.
- n. Lack of ability or intention to harm or damage.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The state or quality of being innocent; freedom from that which is harmful or infurious; harmlessness.
- n. The state or quality of being morally free from guilt or sin; purity of heart; blamelessness.
- n. The state or quality of being not chargeable for, or guilty of, a particular crime or offense.
- n. Simplicity or plainness, bordering on weakness or silliness; artlessness; ingenuousness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Harmlessness; innoxiousness: as, the innocence of a neutral article of diet in disease.
- n. Freedom from moral wrong; untainted purity of heart and life; unimpaired integrity; sinlessness; artlessness: as, the innocence of childhood; angelic innocence.
- n. Freedom from legal or specific wrong; absence of particular guilt or taint; guiltlessness: as, the prisoner proved his innocence.
- n. Freedom from legal taint; absence of illegality: said of things, particularly of property that might be contraband of war: as, the innocence of a cargo or of merchandise.
- n. Simplemindedness; mental imbecility; want of knowledge or of sense; ignorance or idiocy.
- n. The bluet, Houstonia cærulea. See Houstonia.
- n. A pretty American scrophulariaceous plant, Collinsia verna, the flowers of which have the lower lip blue and the upper purple or nearly white.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a state or condition of being innocent of a specific crime or offense
- n. the quality of innocent naivete
- n. the state of being unsullied by sin or moral wrong; lacking a knowledge of evil
French innocence, from Latin innocens ("harmless, inoffensive"). (Wiktionary)