innocence Definition

  • 1the state of being not guilty of a crime or offense
  • 2lack of experience, knowledge, or understanding
  • 3the quality of being pure and untainted

Using innocence: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "innocence" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The court declared his innocence and released him from prison.

  • Example

    She had an air of innocence about her that made her seem younger than she was.

  • Example

    The child's innocence was evident in the way she smiled at everyone.

innocence Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with innocence

  • the principle that a person is considered innocent until proven guilty


    The presumption of innocence is a fundamental right in most legal systems.

  • the transition from a state of naivety or purity to one of experience or corruption


    The novel explores the theme of loss of innocence through the protagonist's coming-of-age story.

  • the assumption of guilt based on one's association with someone who is guilty


    He was fired from his job due to guilty by association after his business partner was convicted of fraud.

Origins of innocence

from Old French 'innocence', from Latin 'innocentia', from 'in-' (not) + 'nocere' (to harm)


Summary: innocence in Brief

Innocence [ˈɪnəsəns] is a noun that refers to the state of being not guilty of a crime or offense, lack of experience, knowledge, or understanding, or the quality of being pure and untainted. It can be exemplified by phrases like 'presumption of innocence' and 'loss of innocence.' The term is often used in formal contexts to denote purity or guiltlessness.

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