1. The state or quality of being innocent; freedom from that which is harmful or infurious; harmlessness.
2. The state or quality of being morally free from guilt or sin; purity of heart; blamelessness.
The silence often of pure innocence
Persuades when speaking fails. --Shak.
Banished from man's life his happiest life,
Simplicity and spotless innocence! --Milton.
3. The state or quality of being not chargeable for, or guilty of, a particular crime or offense; as, the innocence of the prisoner was clearly shown.
4. Simplicity or plainness, bordering on weakness or silliness; artlessness; ingenuousness.
Syn: -- Harmlessness; innocuousness; blamelessness; purity; sinlessness; guiltlessness.
n 1: the quality of innocent naivete [syn: artlessness, ingenuousness,
2: the state of being free from sin or moral wrong; lacking a
knowledge of evil [syn: purity, sinlessness]
3: a state or condition of being innocent of a specific crime
or offense; "the trial established his innocence" [ant: guilt]