Meaning of INNOCENT in English


Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.


If someone is ~, they did not commit a crime which they have been accused of.

He was sure that the man was ~ of any crime...

The police knew from day one that I was ~.

? guilty

ADJ: oft ADJ of n


If someone is ~, they have no experience or knowledge of the more complex or unpleasant aspects of life.

They seemed so young and ~...

= naive


An ~ is someone who is ~.

Ian was a hopeless ~ where women were concerned.



The baby gurgled ~ly on the bed.

ADV: usu ADV with v


Innocent people are those who are not involved in a crime or conflict, but are injured or killed as a result of it.

All those wounded were ~ victims...

ADJ: usu ADJ n


An ~ question, remark, or comment is not intended to offend or upset people, even if it does so.

It was a perfectly ~ question.

= harmless


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