1. An innocent person; one free from, or unacquainted with, guilt or sin.
2. An unsophisticated person; hence, a child; a simpleton; an idiot. In Scotland a natural fool was called an innocent. (Sir W. Scott) Innocents’ day, Childermas day.
1. Not harmful; free from that which can injure; innoxious; innocuous; harmless; as, an innocent medicine or remedy. The spear Sung innocent,and spent its force in air. (Pope)
2. Morally free from guilt; guiltless; not tainted with sin; pure; upright. To offer up a weak, poor, innocent lamb. (Shak) I have sinned in that i have betrayed the innocent blood. (Matt. Xxvii. 4) The aidless,innocent lady, his wished prey. (Milton)
3. Free from the guilt of a particular crime or offense; as, a man is innocent of the crime charged. Innocent from the great transgression. (Ps. Xix. 13)
4. Simple; artless; foolish.
5. Lawful; permitted; as, an innocent trade.
6. Not contraband; not subject to forfeiture; as, innocent goods carried to a belligerent nation. Innocent party,a party who has not notice of a fact tainting a litigated transaction with illegality.
Synonym: Harmless, innoxious, innoffensive, guiltless, spotless, immaculate, pure, unblamable, blameless, faultless, guileless, upright.
Origin: F.innocent, L. Innocens, -entis; pref. In- not – nocens, p.pr. Of nocere to harm, hurt. See noxious.