Definitions

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  • adv. In an innocent manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In an innocent manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In an innocent manner; harmlessly; guilelessly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in a naively innocent manner
  • adv. in a not unlawful manner

Etymologies

innocent +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • My point, and from your paragraph where you want sexuality to unfold innocently, is that IMO it so rarely does.

    Let’s Talk About Sex | Her Bad Mother

  • But to his friends he seemed only the agreeable, clever, lively, and, if we may use the phrase innocently, the worldly man, -- never affecting a superior sanctity, or an over-anxiety to forms, except upon great occasions; and rendering his austerity of manners the more admired, because he made it seem so unaccompanied by hypocrisy.

    Paul Clifford — Volume 03

  • The history of the word begins innocently enough with the Latin word scamnum, "a stool or bench serving as a seat, step, or support for the feet, for example."

    Scribal Terror

  • He says he met her 8 years ago, "innocently" - but then just had to get in her pants

    Center for American Progress Action Fund

  • Now, I was going to read you something from the Moomins, but it’s not quite as charming when removed from the illustrations of big Moomin innocently bent-over butts.

    Of Angleworms and Others | Miette's Bedtime Story Podcast

  • There was a little bottle labelled innocently: "Grey powder" with a dose.

    N or M

  • You don't know if she was "innocently" referencing a prior name of the area, or was making a highly inflammatory and antisemitic political statement.

    Discourse.net: White House Puts its Media Skills to Work on Diplomacy

  • And I just kind of innocently said, well, does the band get any of that?

    Cowboy Junkies: To China And Back

  • So when journalists report polls, most of which are really not worth the paper they're written on, I think they're kind of innocently performing an act of proofiness, giving the public quasi-fictions in the name of fact.

    Lies, Damned Lies, And 'Proofiness'

  • Deadspin wanted to catch a major sports figure with his pants down, quite literally, and Sterger "innocently" provided them with all the ammo they needed to make it happen.

    Shaneika Dabney: The Sterger/Favre Saga: When a Woman's Fed Up

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