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Topic: LAW

Date: 1300-1400
Language: French
Origin: Latin, from nocens 'evil', present participle of nocere 'to harm'

innocent

1 adjective
     
in‧no‧cent1
1SCL not guilty of a crime [≠ guilty]:
Nobody would believe that I was innocent.
innocent of
He's innocent of murder.
The court found him innocent and he was released.
2

innocent victims/ bystanders/people etc

people who get hurt or killed in a war or crime although they are not directly involved in it:
Many innocent civilians are among the casualties.
3 done or said without intending to harm or offend anyone:
He was startled by their angry reaction to his innocent remark.
4 not having much experience of the bad things in the world, so that you are easily deceived [= naive]:
I was thirteen years old and very innocent.
innocently adverb
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