Adjective "innocent" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Not guilty of a crime or offence.
  1. 'he is innocent of Sir Thomas's death'
  2. 'The innocent plaintiff is generally entitled to recover either expectation damages or reliance damages, but not both.'
  3. 'Thirty-two years ago since I was called to the Bar and in 32 years I have never known anybody who pleaded guilty when they were innocent.'
  4. 'But knowledge of your wife's pregnancy is not a felony offense yet so he did not plead innocent or not guilty to that.'
  5. 'They had to decide - on the basis of the legal arguments put forward - whether the defendant was guilty or innocent.'
  6. 'The court found that the repudiation by the owners was wrongful and that the plaintiff was the innocent party.'
  7. 'Between the wrongful conviction of the innocent and the wrongful acquittal of the guilty, the choice should always be, without any hesitation, the latter.'
  8. 'In the US justice system if an innocent man found guilty at trial does not feign guilt and remorse he is likely to be mercilessly punished.'
  9. 'Since they just know whether a defendant is guilty or innocent, why worry about niceties of evidence?'
  10. 'The judge pointed out that the absence of previous convictions did not of itself mean that a defendant was innocent anymore than the existence of previous convictions meant that a defendant was guilty.'
  11. 'Let the people, and the world, judge who is right and who is wrong, who is guilty and who innocent.'
  12. 'It is oblivious to the suffering of the Jews in Europe and to the Holocaust and innocent of any knowledge of pogroms or ghettos.'
  13. 'She knows she is innocent of infernal rites or knowledge of Satan, but she also knows that she has seduced and killed with psychological precision.'
  14. 'a street quite innocent of bookshops'
Not responsible for or directly involved in an event yet suffering its consequences.
  1. 'As a rule such conflicts take the form of ‘contract killings’ of certain businessmen not involving the murder of innocent bystanders.'
  2. 'It really is remarkable that so many people have been so cavalier in considering our responsibility for the mass death of completely innocent and completely defenceless civilians.'
  3. 'He apologized for hitting the wrong people, saying he didn't like getting innocent bystanders involved.'
  4. 'Much of the policing so far is unobjectionable in its goals and motivation but barely acceptable in the costs to innocent civilian bystanders.'
  5. 'For those involved in internal security operations, a ricochet striking an innocent bystander can have major political consequences.'
  6. 'However, indefinite containment without a plan will only prolong the suffering for innocent Iraqis.'
  7. 'This appeal raises the question of the availability of the remedy of subrogation as against an innocent third party purchaser.'
  8. 'This campaign helps make a difference to ease the suffering of so many innocent people languishing in prison.'
  9. 'This in fact means to struggle in the way of God by striving to do good, and to fight against only those who persecute and not by attacking innocent civilians or bystanders.'
  10. 'Amnesty International is worried that the stun guns could ‘inflict pain and other suffering on innocent bystanders’.'
Free from moral wrong; not corrupted.
  1. 'We know that it is wrong to destroy innocent life-forms.'
  2. 'But collective punishment of a whole people, especially of innocent children, is wrong.'
  3. 'We may have lost this round, but we will continue to fight until an innocent girl is set free to live and enjoy her life.'
  4. 'Babies are so beautiful, so innocent and not yet corrupted by our evil world full of shady characters.'
  5. 'She was innocent, easily corrupted by Destiny's ways.'
  6. 'She was innocent, simple, and, no matter what tales of travel she told, most likely lost.'
  7. 'Now, call me naive and slightly innocent… but I figured this was a safe thing to do.'
  8. 'He knows he is innocent and naïve - he doesn't always know what to do or say - but he believes it is important to be tough, and to belong.'
  9. 'You could believe he was a young cop because LAPD cops are big and strong and physical and he's also young and naïve and innocent and wide eyed.'
  10. 'Her eyes always had a way of making everything seem so sweet, so innocent, and so simple.'
  11. 'She was simply too innocent, too naive to understand the look he had when he looked at her.'
  12. 'To rot this thread just a little I really think we've done children a complete disservice by assuming them to be naive, innocent little creatures.'
  13. 'We grew up in a simpler, more innocent Ireland, a less-complicated Ireland.'
  14. 'Perhaps it is the illusion of a simpler, more innocent time that draws people unexpectedly under its power.'
  15. 'So when I saw how innocent, how naive he was, I took it upon myself to be his mentor.'
Not involving or intended to cause harm or offence; harmless.
  1. 'The mimicry programmes may be crude, but they are harmless and provide innocent fun to the audience.'
  2. 'You quickly and publicly recognize that even if it was an innocent mistake, his credibility is now so damaged that he can no longer help the party by remaining in the leadership.'
  3. 'That seemingly innocent change has dramatic consequences for phenomenology.'
  4. 'A second change I have noticed has been the way in which people react to seemingly innocent events.'
  5. 'So it could hardly have been an innocent mistake.'
  6. 'I remind you again, this is university - it seems preposterous to me that a seemingly innocent event such as carrying home a drunken friend could wind you up in so much trouble.'
  7. 'It was a simple question, an innocent question.'
  8. 'Offending drivers are to be pulled over as part of a pilot scheme and ‘given advice’ rather than booked, on the basis that it is pointless fining people for innocent mistakes.'
  9. 'My innocent pleasure in those evenings shattered when a local gossip spread the word that I was on the prowl for other women's husbands, one in particular.'
  10. 'The Republicans are acting like it was all an innocent mistake.'


A pure, guileless, or naive person.
  1. 'My own mother was as naive a little innocent as any who had ever lived, had nothing more than a vague idea as to what the more persistent of her pursuers wanted.'
  2. 'I said, you know, I'd like to bring my friend because I was still, you know, very much an innocent and kind of naive.'
  3. 'They are particularly impressive in their roles as the two younger girls - innocents who quickly come to grips with the nastiness of their new reality.'
  4. 'Worst of all, it seeps into the children at a young age, turning them from innocents into fanatics.'
  5. 'She was far from a naive young innocent; she knew exactly what was happening, what had been happening since last night.'
  6. 'They were innocents abroad who were only doing what their society expected of them.'
  7. 'You and the babe are no innocents, and you well know that it is madness for you to expect any shelter from us.'
  8. 'Where race in America is concerned, there are no innocents.'
  9. 'From the mouths of innocents and babes comes the truth.'
  10. 'A kind-hearted innocent with a passion for the lives of the saints, Damian is playing in his own cardboard sanctuary when a bag falls from the heavens.'
A person involved by chance in a situation, especially a victim of crime or war.
  1. 'For a killer with the blood of one or two or 10 innocents on his hands, such a punishment might reasonably be said to fit the crime.'
  2. 'The intentional killing of civilians is proscribed, and so are military actions that show a gross disregard for the lives of innocents.'
  3. 'But this was the mass murder of innocents - pulled off, incidentally, by non-poor young men who had not spent their lives scavenging for food scraps.'
  4. 'But try telling that to the poor innocents, men, women and beautiful young children who are murdered in these attacks.'
  5. 'The idea that we might all agree to call the murder of thousands of innocents an evil act is obviously still too daring for the generation that is destined to replace us!'
  6. 'Here we have on our doorstep a way of bringing to account those people who commit heinous crimes against our innocents.'
  7. 'My concern is especially for the innocents who are maimed or killed though the irresponsible behaviour of the motorbike drivers causing the problems.'
  8. 'How does one honor people who terrorize innocents?'
  9. 'People who purposely attack innocents are not interested in freedom!'
  10. 'I have no sympathy for whatever cause they think they are fighting for when I read or hear of such senseless acts of murder against innocents.'
  11. 'Some of the engravings, such as The Judgement of Paris and The Massacre of the Innocents are among Raphael's most fascinating master-pieces.'
  12. 'There is no redemptive word in Herod's slaughter of the innocents and the inconsolable weeping of all the mothers of Bethlehem.'
  13. 'Durer may have shown him what subject matter would be appreciated abroad, for the first of these engravings mentioned by Vasari is the Massacre of the Innocents, another study of nudes.'
  14. 'Even so, as Rubens's Massacre of the Innocents was sold for 49.5 million [pounds sterling] two years ago, it ought to fetch a decent sum.'
  15. 'I think of The Slaughtering of the Innocents for example, that was one of the paintings there.'
  16. 'In July, Rubens's masterpiece Massacre of the Innocents fetched a record stg £49.5 million.'
  17. 'Regardless of its condition problems, it nevertheless seems more than likely that both the Samson and Delilah and the Massacre of the Innocents preceded it, and that Jaffe's dating of the latter is too late.'
  18. 'Ask most people today what he is known for and they will only mention the Massacre of the Innocents referred to in the Gospel of St Matthew.'


1. free from moral wrong; without sin; pure: innocent children.

2. free from legal or specific wrong; guiltless: innocent of the crime.

3. not involving evil intent or motive: an innocent misrepresentation.

4. not causing physical or moral injury; harmless: innocent fun.

5. devoid (usually followed by of): a law innocent of merit.

6. having or showing the simplicity or naiveté of an unworldly person; guileless; ingenuous.

7. uninformed or unaware; ignorant. no

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be innocent of charges."

"people can be innocent to charges."

"people can be innocent of murders."

"people can be innocent in cases."

"people can be innocent to counts."

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Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin innocent- ‘not harming’, from in- ‘not’ + nocere ‘to hurt’.