innocentin‧no‧cent1 /ˈɪnəsənt/ ●●○W3 adjective1SCCSCLnot guilty of a crime opp guiltyNobody would believe that I was innocent.innocent ofHe’s innocent of murder.The court found him innocent and he was released.2 →innocent victims/bystanders/people etc3HARM/BE BAD FORdone or said without intending to harm or offend anyoneHe was startled by their angry reaction to his innocent remark.4EXPERIENCEDnot having much experience of the bad things in the world, so that you are easily deceived syn naiveI was thirteen years old and very innocent. —innocently adverb
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innocent• Dickinson sailed down in slow, sweepingcurves, feeling strangely innocent.• Perhaps it was by purechance that the other woman had been there, and Matthew was entirely innocent.• Nobody believes that she's innocent.• And could they be innocent?• Police OfficerJack Wronski said two of the victims were known gang members; the other was an innocentbystander.• "I didn't kill him - I'm innocent!" Davies shouted.• Don't get her mixed up in your plan - she's just an innocentgirl.• Bates allowed an innocent man to go to jail for his crime.• I'm sorry. It was just an innocentmistake.• Jett maintains that he is completely innocent of the charges against him.• Masterfully, in that moment, Pennington shades Peter's love innocent rather than tawdry.• He's so innocent that anyone can take advantage of him.• Observations of the most innocent type.• Under criminallaw people are presumedinnocent until proved guilty.• Harry Belafonte was Joe, an innocent young soldier.found ... innocent• He then announced that the courts had found me innocent and therefore I would shortly be released.• Some of these unfortunateprisoners were later found innocent at the Forest Eyre.• Once again he was found to be innocent, but he was still kept under arrest.• Dave Bassett has been found innocent of allegations of obscenebehaviour at Chelsea last month.• Malespeaker Mr Barkerfound himself an innocent victim and he was questioned and released.innocentinnocent2 noun [countable]EXPERIENCEDsomeone who does not have much experience of the bad things in life
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innocent• She is a girl of about 12, and she faces the camera with the calmcomposure of an innocent.• He's such an innocent; anyone can take advantage of him.• Both John and Donner, in different ways, are innocents, Donner surprisingly and dangerously so.• These guys are holyinnocents, in love with their worlds and their words.• Moralpatients are, for the most part, innocents.• Unfortunately the innocents get hurt, never the criminals behind the scenes.