Definition of innocence in English:


Line breaks: in¦no|cence
Pronunciation: /ˈɪnəsəns


[mass noun]


in all innocence

Without knowledge of something’s significance or possible consequences: she knew the gift had been chosen in all innocence
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  • I just hadn't thought about the route it would take to Northampton or the slow speed at which it would travel and felt terrible to be stuck in a situation that felt like ‘rubber necking’ despite it being in all innocence.
  • The people at the takeaway have done this in all innocence, but if the duplicity is taking place, if people are manufacturing things like this that contain nuts they are blatantly lying.
  • I asked him a question in all innocence - genuinely wanting to know the answer - and he thought, for some reason, I was trying to stir up trouble.



noun ( • archaic )
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  • For man by the Fall fell at the same time from his state of innocency and from his dominion over Creation.
  • They protested their innocency as in the presence of the great God, whom forthwith they were to appear before: they wished, and declared their wish, that their blood might be the last innocent blood shed upon that account.
  • In holding up a child as the model for the inheritor of the kingdom, Jesus does not appear to be idealizing the child for its innocency.


Middle English: from Old French, from Latin innocentia, from innocent- 'not harming' (based on nocere 'injure').

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