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 Dictionary entry overview: What does innocent mean? 

  The noun INNOCENT has 1 sense:

1. a person who lacks knowledge of evil

  Familiarity information: INNOCENT used as a noun is very rare.

INNOCENT (adjective)
  The adjective INNOCENT has 7 senses:

1. free from evil or guilt
2. lacking intent or capacity to injure
3. free from sin
4. lacking in sophistication or worldliness
5. not knowledgeable about something specified
6. completely wanting or lacking
7. (used of things) lacking sense or awareness

  Familiarity information: INNOCENT used as an adjective is common.

 Dictionary entry details 


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A person who lacks knowledge of evil

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people


inexperienced person; innocent

Hypernyms ("innocent" is a kind of...):

individual; mortal; person; somebody; someone; soul (a human being)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "innocent"):

boy scout (a man who is considered naive)

dear; lamb (a sweet innocent mild-mannered person (especially a child))

naif (a naive or inexperienced person)

virgin (a person who has never had sex)

INNOCENT (adjective)

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Free from evil or guilt


clean-handed; guiltless; innocent

Context examples:

an innocent child / the principle that one is innocent until proved guilty


absolved; clear; cleared; exculpated; exonerated; vindicated (freed from any question of guilt)

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

blameless; inculpable; irreproachable; unimpeachable (free of guilt; not subject to blame)


righteous (characterized by or proceeding from accepted standards of morality or justice)

exculpatory (clearing of guilt or blame)


guilty (responsible for or chargeable with a reprehensible act; or marked by guilt)

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Lacking intent or capacity to injure


innocent; innocuous

Context example:

an innocent prank


harmless (not causing or capable of causing harm)

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Free from sin


impeccant; sinless; innocent


virtuous (morally excellent)

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Lacking in sophistication or worldliness


ingenuous; innocent

Context examples:

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


naif; naive (marked by or showing unaffected simplicity and lack of guile or worldly experience)

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Not knowledgeable about something specified


unacquainted; innocent

Context examples:

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


uninformed (not informed; lacking in knowledge or information)

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Completely wanting or lacking


devoid; destitute; barren; innocent

Context examples:

writing barren of insight / young recruits destitute of experience / a novel devoid of wit and inventiveness / a life empty of happiness / innocent of literary merit / void of understanding


empty (holding or containing nothing)

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(used of things) lacking sense or awareness

Context example:

fine innocent weather


unconscious (not conscious; lacking awareness and the capacity for sensory perception as if asleep or dead)

Domain usage:

archaicism; archaism (the use of an archaic expression)

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