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innocent

adjective uk   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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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 military group 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.
innocently
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.

innocent

noun [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
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