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innocentadjective

 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.
innocently
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)







"innocent" in British English

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innocentadjective

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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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.

innocentnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈɪn.ə.sənt/
(Definition of innocent from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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