Meaning of INNOCENCE in English

ˈinəsən(t)s noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin innocentia, from innocent-, innocens innocent + -ia -y



(1) : freedom from guilt or sin especially through being unacquainted with evil : purity of heart : blamelessness

postulates a state of primitive innocence

(2) : chastity

supposed to have not yet lost her innocence — T.B.Macaulay

(3) : the state of being not chargeable for or guilty of a particular crime or offense


(1) : freedom from guile or cunning : artlessness , simplicity

the innocence of childhood

(2) : lack of understanding or penetration : silliness , naïveté

the innocence … to propose remaking the world and human nature — L.O.Coxe

(3) : lack of knowledge : ignorance

written in entire innocence of the Italian language — E.R.Bentley

full of a chuckling mirth at the innocence of our detractors — Warwick Braithwaite

innocence of the craft of writing — J.W.Aldridge

2. : one that is innocent ; especially : an innocent person


a. : bluet 1c(1)

b. : either of two plants:

(1) : a small herb ( Collinsia verna ) of the central United States

(2) : a Californian herb ( C. bicolor )

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.