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English definition of “innocent”

innocent

adjective  /ˈɪn·ə·sənt/ us  
(of a person) not guilty of a particular crime, or having no knowledge of the unpleasant and evil things in life, or (of words or an action) not intended to cause harm: He pleaded innocent to all charges against him. It was a totally innocent kind of mistake. Several innocent bystanders (= people who were not involved but who were there by chance) were injured when his car slid off the road.
innocently
adverb  /ˈɪn·ə·sənt·li/ us  
Some people innocently drove into the contaminated area.
(Definition of innocent from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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