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innocence

noun
     
Related topics: Law
in‧no‧cence [uncountable]
1SCL the fact of being not guilty of a crime [≠ guilt]:
Can you prove your innocence?
protest/maintain your innocence (=say repeatedly that you are not guilty)
The prisoners continued to protest their innocence.
2 lack of experience of life or knowledge of the bad things in the world:
In our innocence we believed everything we were told.
the innocence of childhood
3

in all innocence

if you do or say something in all innocence, you have no intention of doing harm or of offending anyone

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