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not guilty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. acquitted, not guiltyadjective

    declared not guilty of a specific offense or crime; legally blameless

    "he stands acquitted on all charges"; "the jury found him not guilty by reason of insanity"


  1. not guiltynoun

    A formal plea by a defendant of not being culpable for the crime with which the defendant is charged.

  2. not guiltynoun

    A verdict or formal finding by the legal system that a defendant is not culpable for the crime with which the defendant was charged.

  3. not guiltynoun

    A member of a jury or tribunal supporting acquittal, or a vote cast in support of acquittal.

  4. not guiltynoun

    A person who has been acquitted of a crime.

  5. not guiltyadjective

    Of a person, legally innocent of a crime which they have been accused of in a court of law.

  6. not guiltyadjective



  1. not guilty

    Not guilty is a legal term used in the courtroom to depict the verdict or judgment that an accused person is innocent of the charges or accusations they are facing. This verdict indicates that the prosecution has not proven beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused has committed the crime they are charged with.

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  1. not guilty

    Read the full text of the Not Guilty poem by Ambrose Bierce on the Poetry.com website.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of not guilty in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of not guilty in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of not guilty in a Sentence

  1. Eric Love:

    140 million Joe Exotic fans had a hard time getting out of bed this morning. We are as disappointed that [Trump] did not sign Joe’s Pardon, as we were confident [Tuesday] that he would. It is only because of you 140 million fans that Joe’s Pardon was even a possibility. Since his trial, the evidence has made it clear that Joe is not guilty but, rather, he is a victim of the persons he trusted most.

  2. Todd Blanche:

    You cannot be tried for the same facts in New York, we will plead not guilty.

  3. Carol Anderson:

    When he looked at the jury and said something like,' Every last Anglo-Saxon one of you knows that this is what we're fighting down here. You'll find these men not guilty.' That's what that sounded like to me, it sounded like,' Every last Anglo-Saxon one of you knows that Black people are threatening. They're intimidating. And they're out to destroy our community. What the McMichaels and William Roddie Bryan did was protect our community,'.

  4. Damon Cheronis:

    He'll be there Monday, he'll enter a plea of not guilty, because he is not guilty.

  5. Theodore Roosevelt:

    When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'Present' or 'Not guilty.'

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