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"innocent" in British English

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uk   us   /ˈɪn.ə.sənt/

innocent adjective (NOT GUILTY)

B2 (of a ​person) not ​guilty of a ​particularcrime: He ​firmlybelieves that she is innocent of the ​crime.
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innocent adjective (NO EXPERIENCE)

B2 having no ​knowledge of the ​unpleasant and ​evil things in ​life: She has such an innocent ​face that I ​find it hard to ​believe anything ​bad of her.

innocent adjective (NOT INVOLVED)

B2 An innocent ​person is someone who is not ​involved with any ​militarygroup or ​war: Several innocent bystanders were ​injured in the ​explosion.

innocent adjective (NOT INTENDED TO HARM)

C2 (of a thing) not ​intended to ​harm anyone: It was an innocent ​remark, I didn't ​mean to ​hurt his ​feelings.
adverb uk   us   /-li/
B2 "Have I done something ​wrong?" she ​asked innocently (= ​seeming not to have done anything ​wrong). He said he had ​obtained the ​television innocently, not ​knowing it had been ​stolen.

innocentnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈɪn.ə.sənt/
a ​person who has very little ​experience and does not ​know about the ​bad things that ​happen in ​life
(Definition of innocent from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"innocent" in American English

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 us   /ˈɪn·ə·sənt/
(of a ​person) not ​guilty of a ​particularcrime, or having no ​knowledge of the ​unpleasant and ​evil things in ​life, or (of words or an ​action) not ​intended to ​causeharm: 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 ​carslid off the ​road.
adverb  us   /ˈɪn·ə·sənt·li/
Some ​people innocently ​drove into the ​contaminatedarea.
(Definition of innocent from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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