Meaning of “innocence” in the English Dictionary


"innocence" in English

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innocencenoun [ U ]

uk /ˈɪn.ə.səns/ us /ˈɪn.ə.səns/

C1 the fact that someone is not guilty of a crime:

She pleaded her innocence, but no one believed her.
He was led away, protesting his innocence (= saying he was not guilty).

C2 the quality of not having much experience of life and not knowing about the bad things that happen in life:

She has a child-like innocence which I find very appealing.

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(Definition of “innocence” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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innocencenoun [ U ]

us /ˈɪn·ə·səns/

lack of guilt:

He acts like he doesn’t have to prove his innocence.

(Definition of “innocence” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)