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  ( innocents    plural  )
1       adj   If someone is innocent, they did not commit a crime which they have been accused of.  
oft ADJ of n     (Antonym: guilty)    He was sure that the man was innocent of any crime..., The police knew from day one that I was innocent.     
2       adj   If someone is innocent, they have no experience or knowledge of the more complex or unpleasant aspects of life.   (=naive)  
They seemed so young and innocent...     
      An innocent is someone who is innocent., n-count  
Ian was a hopeless innocent where women were concerned.     
  innocently      adv   usu ADV with v  
The baby gurgled innocently on the bed.     
3       adj   Innocent people are those who are not involved in a crime or conflict, but are injured or killed as a result of it.  
usu ADJ n  
All those wounded were innocent victims...     
4       adj   An innocent question, remark, or comment is not intended to offend or upset people, even if it does so.   (=harmless)  
It was a perfectly innocent question.     
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  



1    blameless, clear, faultless, guiltless, honest, in the clear, not guilty, uninvolved, unoffending  
2    chaste, immaculate, impeccable, incorrupt, pristine, pure, righteous, sinless, spotless, stainless, unblemished, unsullied, upright, virgin, virginal  
3      (with)       of   clear of, empty of, free from, ignorant, lacking, nescient, unacquainted with, unaware, unfamiliar with, untouched by  
4    harmless, innocuous, inoffensive, unmalicious, unobjectionable, well-intentioned, well-meant  
5    artless, childlike, credulous, frank, guileless, gullible, ingenuous, naive, open, simple, unsuspicious, unworldly, wet behind the ears     (informal)  
6    babe (in arms)     (informal)   child, greenhorn     (informal)   ingénue or (masc.) ingénu  
1    blameworthy, culpable, dishonest, guilty, responsible  
2    corrupt, immoral, impure, sinful, wrong  
4    evil, harmful, iniquitous, malicious, offensive, wicked  
5    artful, disingenuous, sophisticated, worldly  

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