Meaning of “innocent” in the English Dictionary

"innocent" in British English

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uk /ˈɪn.ə.sənt/ us /ˈɪn.ə.sənt/

innocent adjective (NOT GUILTY)

B2 (of a person) not guilty of a particular crime:

He firmly believes that she is innocent of the crime.

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adverb uk /ˈɪn.ə.sə us /ˈɪn.ə.sə


"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 /ˈɪn.ə.sənt/ us /ˈɪn.ə.sənt/

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

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us /ˈɪn·ə·sənt/

(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.
adverb us /ˈɪn·ə·sənt·li/

Some people innocently drove into the contaminated area.

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

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