You may think your fluffy white cat is just an innocent, or harmless, little kitty, but she shows no mercy when attacking that toy mouse.

Innocent is an adjective that describes someone or something that is not harmful or at least doesn’t cause harm on purpose. It can also be used when talking about a person who did not commit a crime. “Innocent until proven guilty” is a phrase that means people who have been accused of a crime should be considered innocent, or free of blame, unless a judge or jury decides that they are officially guilty.

Definitions of innocent
  1. adjective
    free from sin
    synonyms: impeccant, sinless
    morally excellent
  2. adjective
    free from evil or guilt
    “an innocent child”
    “the principle that one is innocent until proved guilty”
    synonyms: clean-handed, guiltless
    clearing of guilt or blame
    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
    characterized by or proceeding from accepted standards of morality or justice
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    responsible for or chargeable with a reprehensible act
    inculpative, inculpatory
    causing blame to be imputed to
    at fault
    deserving blame
    blamable, blameable, blameful, blameworthy, censurable, culpable
    deserving blame or censure as being wrong or evil or injurious
    guilty of murder or bloodshed
    chargeable, indictable
    liable to be accused, or cause for such liability
    affected by conscience
    guilty of crime or serious offense
    guilty of a misdeed
    finable, fineable
    liable to a fine
    feeling or revealing a sense of guilt
    liable to or deserving punishment
    in the act of committing a crime or other reprehensible act
    not righteous
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  3. adjective
    lacking intent or capacity to injure
    “an innocent prank”
    synonyms: innocuous
    not causing or capable of causing harm
  4. adjective
    lacking in sophistication or worldliness
    “a child's innocent stare”
    synonyms: ingenuous
    naif, naive
    marked by or showing unaffected simplicity and lack of guile or worldly experience
  5. adjective
    not knowledgeable about something specified
    “American tourists wholly innocent of French”
    synonyms: unacquainted
    not informed; lacking in knowledge or information
  6. adjective
    completely wanting or lacking
    innocent of literary merit”
    synonyms: barren, destitute, devoid, free
    not having existence or being or actuality
  7. adjective
    (used of things) lacking sense or awareness
    “fine innocent weather”
    not conscious; lacking awareness and the capacity for sensory perception as if asleep or dead
  8. noun
    a person who lacks knowledge of evil
    synonyms: inexperienced person
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    boy scout
    a man who is considered naive
    dear, lamb
    a sweet innocent mild-mannered person (especially a child)
    a naive or inexperienced person
    a person who has never had sex
    type of:
    individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
    a human being
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