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Meaning of INNOCENCE

Pronunciation:  'inusuns

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the quality of innocent naivete
  2. [n]  a state or condition of being innocent of a specific crime or offense; "the trial established his innocence"
  3. [n]  the state of being free from sin or moral wrong; lacking a knowledge of evil

INNOCENCE is a 9 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: artlessness, ingenuousness, naturalness, purity, sinlessness
 Antonyms: guilt, guiltiness
 See Also: blamelessness, cleanness, clear, condition, guiltlessness, inculpability, inculpableness, naiveness, naivete, naivety, status



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\In"no*cence\, n. [F. innocence, L. innocentia. See
1. The state or quality of being innocent; freedom from that
   which is harmful or infurious; harmlessness.

2. The state or quality of being morally free from guilt or
   sin; purity of heart; blamelessness.

         The silence often of pure innocence Persuades when
         speaking fails.                       --Shak.

         Banished from man's life his happiest life,
         Simplicity and spotless innocence!    --Milton.

3. The state or quality of being not chargeable for, or
   guilty of, a particular crime or offense; as, the
   innocence of the prisoner was clearly shown.

4. Simplicity or plainness, bordering on weakness or
   silliness; artlessness; ingenuousness. --Chaucer. Shak.

Syn: Harmlessness; innocuousness; blamelessness; purity;
     sinlessness; guiltlessness.

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