Innocent

Definition of Innocent

In´no`cent
a.1.Not harmful; free from that which can injure; innoxious; innocuous; harmless; as, an innocent medicine or remedy.
The spear
Sung innocent, and spent its force in air.
- Pope.
2.Morally free from guilt; guiltless; not tainted with sin; pure; upright.
To offer up a weak, poor, innocent lamb.
- Shak.
I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood.
- Matt. xxvii. 4.
The aidless, innocent lady, his wished prey.
- Milton.
3.Free from the guilt of a particular crime or offense; as, a man is innocent of the crime charged.
Innocent from the great transgression.
- Ps. xix. 13.
4.Simple; artless; foolish.
5.Lawful; permitted; as, an innocent trade.
6.Not contraband; not subject to forfeiture; as, innocent goods carried to a belligerent nation.
Innocent party
(Law) a party who has not notice of a fact tainting a litigated transaction with illegality.
n.1.An innocent person; one free from, or unacquainted with, guilt or sin.
2.An unsophisticated person; hence, a child; a simpleton; an idiot.
In Scotland a natural fool was called an innocent.
- Sir W. Scott.
Innocents' day
(Eccl.) Childermas day.

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