What does innocent mean?

Definitions for innocent
ˈɪn ə səntin·no·cent

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word innocent.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. innocent, inexperienced personadjective

    a person who lacks knowledge of evil

  2. innocent, guiltless, clean-handedadjective

    free from evil or guilt

    "an innocent child"; "the principle that one is innocent until proved guilty"

  3. innocent, innocuousadjective

    lacking intent or capacity to injure

    "an innocent prank"

  4. impeccant, innocent, sinlessadjective

    free from sin

  5. innocent, ingenuousadjective

    lacking in sophistication or worldliness

    "a child's innocent stare"; "his ingenuous explanation that he would not have burned the church if he had not thought the bishop was in it"

  6. innocent(p), unacquainted(p)adjective

    not knowledgeable about something specified

    "American tourists wholly innocent of French"; "a person unacquainted with our customs"

  7. barren, destitute, devoid, free, innocentadjective

    completely wanting or lacking

    "writing barren of insight"; "young recruits destitute of experience"; "innocent of literary merit"; "the sentence was devoid of meaning"

  8. innocentadjective

    (used of things) lacking sense or awareness

    "fine innocent weather"


  1. innocentnoun

    Those who are innocent; young children.

    The slaughter of the innocents was a significant event in the New Testament.

  2. innocentadjective

    Free from guilt, sin, or immorality.

  3. innocentadjective

    Bearing no legal responsibility for a wrongful act.

  4. innocentadjective

    Naive; artless.

  5. innocentadjective

    Harmless in intent.

  6. innocentadjective

    Having no knowledge (of something).

  7. innocentadjective

    Lacking (something).

  8. Etymology: in- + nocens, present participle of noceo.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. INNOCENTadjective

    Etymology: innocent, French; innocens, Latin.

    You may deserve of him through me and wisdom,
    To offer up a weak, poor, innocent lamb,
    T' appease an angry god. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Wreck on innocent frail man his loss. John Milton.

    Good madam, keep yourself within yourself;
    The man is innocent. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleopatra.

    The peasant, innocent of all these ills,
    With crooked ploughs the fertile fallows tills,
    And the round year with daily labour fills. Dryden.

    The spear
    Sung innocent, and spent its force in air. Alexander Pope.

  2. Innocentnoun

    So pure an innocent as that same lamb. Fairy Queen.

    Thou hast kill'd the sweetest innocent,
    That e'er did lift up eye. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    If murth'ring innocents be executing,
    Why, then thou art an executioner. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    Innocents are excluded by natural defects. Richard Hooker.


  1. innocent

    Innocence is a lack of guilt, with respect to any kind of crime, or wrongdoing. In a legal context, innocence is to the lack of legal guilt of an individual, with respect to a crime. In other contexts, it is a lack of experience.


  1. innocent

    Innocent generally refers to someone or something that is not guilty of a crime or offense, free from blame or guilt. It can also describe a person or their actions as not causing harm or damage, or not having knowledge or experience of worldly or harmful influences. In essence, it characterizes purity, harmlessness, and absence of wrongdoing.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Innocentadjective

    not harmful; free from that which can injure; innoxious; innocuous; harmless; as, an innocent medicine or remedy

  2. Innocentadjective

    morally free from guilt; guiltless; not tainted with sin; pure; upright

  3. Innocentadjective

    free from the guilt of a particular crime or offense; as, a man is innocent of the crime charged

  4. Innocentadjective

    simple; artless; foolish

  5. Innocentadjective

    lawful; permitted; as, an innocent trade

  6. Innocentadjective

    not contraband; not subject to forfeiture; as, innocent goods carried to a belligerent nation

  7. Innocentnoun

    an innocent person; one free from, or unacquainted with, guilt or sin

  8. Innocentnoun

    an unsophisticated person; hence, a child; a simpleton; an idiot


  1. Innocent

    Innocent Thekkethala, popularly known as Innocent, is an Indian film actor and producer. He was born in Irinjalakuda in Thrissur district of Kerala, India. He is one of the most successful and leading comedy actors of Malayalam cinema. He is noted for his witty mannerisms and dialogue delivery in the typical Thrissur accent. Recently Innocent was hospitalized for throat cancer, and it has been confirmed he suffers from lymphoma, a type of cancer of lymphocytes. But sources close to him insisted there is no room for worry as the cancer was in its early stage and could be treated. He survived cancer.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Innocent

    in′o-sent, adj. not hurtful: inoffensive: blameless: pure: lawful: simple, imbecile.—n. one free from fault: an idiot.—ns. Inn′ocence, harmlessness: blamelessness: purity: artlessness: integrity: imbecility: absence of legal guilt; Inn′ocency, the quality of being innocent.—adv. Inn′ocently.—Innocents' Day (see Childermas). [O. Fr.,—L. innocens, -entisin, not, nocēre, to hurt.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Innocent

    the name of 13 Popes: Innocent I., Pope from 402 to 417; Innocent II., Pope from 1130 to 1143; Innocent III., Pope from 1198 to 1216; Innocent IV., Pope from 1243 to 1254; Innocent V., Pope in 1276; Innocent VI., Pope from 1352 to 1362, resided at Avignon; Innocent VII., Pope from 1404 to 1406; Innocent VIII., Pope from 1484 to 1492; Innocent IX., Pope in 1591; Innocent X., Pope from 1644 to 1655, condemned Jansenism; Innocent XI., Pope from 1676 to 1689; Innocent XII., Pope from 1691 to 1700; Innocent XIII., Pope from 1721 to 1724; of these there were two of note.

Editors Contribution

  1. innocent

    The mind of a baby or young child where their mind knows what is relevant to their age and level of maturity.

    We all aspire for our children to be innocent in their childhood and as they body and mind matures we as their parents and teachers can then educate and inform them only of what is relevant to their age and level of maturity.

    Submitted by MaryC on June 5, 2016  

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Who Was Who?

  1. Innocent

    Thirteen popes. Address: Rome.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Innocent is ranked #17432 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Innocent surname appeared 1,618 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Innocent.

    84.7% or 1,371 total occurrences were Black.
    9.4% or 153 total occurrences were White.
    2.4% or 39 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.3% or 38 total occurrences were of two or more races.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'innocent' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4326

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'innocent' in Adjectives Frequency: #580

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of innocent in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of innocent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of innocent in a Sentence

  1. Donald Trump:

    I am an innocent man being persecuted by some very bad, conflicted & corrupt people in a Witch Hunt that is illegal & should never have been allowed to start.

  2. Antonio Zappulla:

    No one can begin to imagine what Nazanin has endured throughout the past tortuous six years; denied her freedoms, separated from her husband and young child, battling significant illness, thrown in solitary confinement, an innocent victim of an international dispute, Nazanin has been one of many used as political pawns. Her treatment has been utterly inhumane.

  3. Jacob Buchdahl:

    [Platt and Urquidi] were the innocent victims of Barclays' business decisions.

  4. Eric Omare:

    Our people are very angry with the arrest of innocent people in the name of looking for pipeline vandals.

  5. Patrick Wanis:

    The attempt to de-sexualize the female nipple and create equality backfires when you superimpose a child’s face on a fully developed woman’s naked or topless body; it actually sexualizes the innocent child.

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