innocence

Innocence means you’ve done nothing wrong. You’ve broken no laws, committed no sins, and are not guilty of any morally evil act. Well done.

In a courtroom, a defendant might announce their innocence, claiming they did not commit whatever crime they’re accused of. Innocence is very important in many religions, where your moral purity decides what happens to your soul after you die. The word comes from the Latin innocentia, which means “not harming” and someone with innocence will not harm themselves or others, at least not on purpose. Remember that there are no ss in innocence, so spell it with two cs.

Definitions of innocence
  1. noun
    the state of being unsullied by sin or moral wrong; lacking a knowledge of evil
    synonyms: pureness, purity, sinlessness, whiteness
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    types:
    cleanness
    without moral defects
    type of:
    condition, status
    a state at a particular time
  2. noun
    the quality of innocent naivete
    synonyms: artlessness, ingenuousness, naturalness
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    types:
    innocency
    an innocent quality or thing or act
    type of:
    naiveness, naivete, naivety
    lack of sophistication or worldliness
  3. noun
    a state or condition of being innocent of a specific crime or offense
    “the trial established his innocence
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    Antonyms:
    guilt, guiltiness
    the state of having committed an offense
    types:
    blamelessness, guiltlessness, inculpability, inculpableness
    a state of innocence
    clear
    the state of being free of suspicion
    type of:
    condition, status
    a state at a particular time
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