from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Uncorrupted by evil, malice, or wrongdoing; sinless: an innocent child.
- adj. Not guilty of a specific crime or offense; legally blameless: was innocent of all charges.
- adj. Within, allowed by, or sanctioned by the law; lawful.
- adj. Not dangerous or harmful; innocuous: an innocent prank.
- adj. Candid; straightforward: a child's innocent stare.
- adj. Not experienced or worldly; naive.
- adj. Betraying or suggesting no deception or guile; artless.
- adj. Not exposed to or familiar with something specified; ignorant: American tourists wholly innocent of French.
- adj. Unaware: She remained innocent of the complications she had caused.
- adj. Lacking, deprived, or devoid of something: a novel innocent of literary merit.
- n. A person, especially a child, who is free of evil or sin.
- n. A simple, guileless, inexperienced, or unsophisticated person.
- n. A very young child.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Free from guilt, sin, or immorality.
- adj. Bearing no legal responsibility for a wrongful act.
- adj. Naive; artless.
- adj. Harmless in intent.
- adj. Having no knowledge (of something).
- adj. Lacking (something).
- n. Those who are innocent; young children.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Not harmful; free from that which can injure; innoxious; innocuous; harmless.
- adj. Morally free from guilt; guiltless; not tainted with sin; pure; upright.
- adj. Free from the guilt of a particular crime or offense.
- adj. Simple; artless; foolish.
- adj. Lawful; permitted.
- adj. Not contraband; not subject to forfeiture.
- n. An innocent person; one free from, or unacquainted with, guilt or sin.
- n. An unsophisticated person; hence, a child; a simpleton; an idiot.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Free from any quality that can cause physical or moral injury; harmless in effect; innoxious.
- Free from any moral wrong; not tainted with sin; upright; pure: as, innocent children; an innocent action.
- Free from legal or specific wrong; guiltless: as, to be innocent of crime.
- Free from illegality: as, innocent goods carried to a belligerent.
- Artless; naïve.
- Simple; wanting knowledge or sense; imbecile; idiotic.
- Small, modest, and pretty: applied to children and flowers.
- n. An innocent person, especially a little child, as free from actual sin.
- n. An artless or simple person; a natural; a simpleton; an idiot.
- n. Same as innocence, 6.
- In pathology, benign; not malignant.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. lacking intent or capacity to injure
- adj. lacking in sophistication or worldliness
- adj. free from evil or guilt
- adj. free from sin
- n. a person who lacks knowledge of evil
- adj. completely wanting or lacking
- adj. (used of things) lacking sense or awareness
- adj. not knowledgeable about something specified
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin innocēns, innocent- : in-, not; see in-1 + nocēns, present participle of nocēre, to harm; see nek-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin in- ("not") + nocēns, present participle of noceō ("to hurt"). (Wiktionary)