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.
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2. The state or quality of being morally free from guilt or sin; purity of heart; blamelessness.
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The silence often of pure innocence
Persuades when speaking fails.
Shak.
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Banished from man's life his happiest life,
Simplicity and spotless innocence!
Milton.
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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.
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4. Simplicity or plainness, bordering on weakness or silliness; artlessness; ingenuousness. Chaucer. Shak.

Syn. -- Harmlessness; innocuousness; blamelessness; purity; sinlessness; guiltlessness.
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