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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Innocence  \In"no*cence\,  n.  [F.  innocence,  L.  innocentia  See 
  {Innocent}.] 
  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.  --Chaucer.  Shak. 
 
  Syn:  Harmlessness;  innocuousness;  blamelessness;  purity; 
  sinlessness;  guiltlessness. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  innocence 
  n  1:  the  quality  of  innocent  naivete  [syn:  {artlessness},  {ingenuousness}, 
  {naturalness}] 
  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}] 




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