innocent
in·no·cent /'i-nə-sənt/ adj: characterized by innocence

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

innocent
I adjective blameless, culpa vacuus, faultless, free from guilt, guiltless, innocens, insons, sinless, unblamable, unoffending, upright, virtuous, without harm, without offense associated concepts: innocent holder for value, innocent misrepresentation, innocent mistake, innocent purchaser, innocent third party, innocent trespass foreign phrases:
- Mlnatur innocentibus qui parcit nocentibus. — He who spares the guilty threatens those who are innocent
II index blameless, clean, harmless, honest, inculpable, inexperienced, infant, ingenuous, innocuous, irreprehensible, moral, naive, nontoxic, not guilty, pardonable, pure, unaffected (sincere), unblemished, unimpeachable, unsuspecting

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


innocent
adj.
Not guilty; in good faith; without intention of committing a wrong or knowledge that a wrong is being committed.
n.
innocence

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


innocent
A term that is often mistakenly equated to a plea of "not guilty." Innocence is not a legal term, but rather a philosophical, moral, or religious expression of nonresponsibility. By contrast, a not guilty plea simply means that the defendant is demanding that the prosecutor prove every part of the charged crime beyond a reasonable doubt. Many defendants who plead (and are found by the jury to be) not guilty are probably not innocent under any reasonable understanding of that term. Instead, the prosecutor may have simply failed to produce enough compelling evidence, failing to convince the jury beyond a reasonable doubt.
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


innocent
Absent guilt; acting in good faith with no knowledge of defects, objections, or inculpative circumstances.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


innocent
Absent guilt; acting in good faith with no knowledge of defects, objections, or inculpative circumstances.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

innocent
adj.
   without guilt (not guilty). Usually the plea which an accused criminal defendant gives to the court at the time of his/her first appearance (or after a continued appearance). Such pleas often disturb the public in cases in which guilt seems obvious from the start. However, everyone is entitled to a fair trial, and the innocent plea gives defense lawyers an opportunity to investigate, find extenuating circumstances, develop reasons punishment should be lenient, bargain with the District Attorney, and let the memories of witnesses fade.
   See also: arraignment, plea, plea bargain

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • innocent — innocent, ente [ inɔsɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. et n. • 1080; lat. innocens, de nocere « nuire » 1 ♦ Qui n est pas souillé par le mal. ⇒ pur; immaculé. Vie innocente, simple et vertueuse. Spécialt Qui ignore le mal, est pur et sans malice. ⇒ candide.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • innocent — innocent, ente (i no san, san t ) adj. 1°   Qui ne nuit point, qui ne fait point de mal. L agneau est un animal innocent. •   Mais, seigneur, épargnez un enfant innocent, VOLT. Orphel. III, 2.    Il se dit des choses dans le même sens. Un remède …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • INNOCENT° — INNOCENT°, name of 13 popes. INNOCENT II (Gregorio Papareschi), pope 1130–43. His was an uncanonical election because the majority of the cardinals voted for anacletus ii (Pietro Pierleoni). The Jews of Rome supported Anacletus, whose opponents… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • innocent — INNOCENT, [innoc]ente. adj. Qui n est point coupable. Il est innocent du crime dont on l accuse. il en est innocent. deffendre, proteger les innocents. persecuter les innocents. opprimer, accabler, condamner l innocent. il fut absous. & reconnu… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Innocent — In no*cent, a. [F. innocent, L. innocens, entis; pref. in not + nocens, p. pr. of nocere to harm, hurt. See {Noxious}.] 1. Not harmful; free from that which can injure; innoxious; innocuous; harmless; as, an innocent medicine or remedy. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Innocent — (Eigenschreibweise: innocent) ist ein Unternehmen aus Großbritannien, die sich auf die Herstellung von Smoothies spezialisiert hat. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Geschäftstätigkeit 2 Nachhaltigkeit 3 Kritik 4 Einzelnachweise …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • innocent — ist ein Unternehmen aus Großbritannien, das sich auf die Herstellung von Smoothies spezialisiert hat. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Geschäftstätigkeit 2 Nachhaltigkeit 3 Kritik 4 Einzelnachweise …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Innocent — [in′ə sənt] 1. Saint Innocent I (died A.D. 417); pope (401 417): his day is July 28 2. Innocent II (born Gregorio Papareschi) died 1143; pope (1130 43) 3. Innocent III (born Lotario de Conti de Segni) 1161? 1216; pope (1198 1216) 4. Innocent IV… …   English World dictionary

  • innocent — de quelque chose, Insons, Innocens. Estre innocent de quelque chose, Abesse a culpa. Finablement il s est trouvé innocent, Il ne s est point trouvé chargé, Ad extremum quaestionis in noxa non compertus est. B. Innocent de meurtre dont est… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • Innocent — In no*cent, n. 1. An innocent person; one free from, or unacquainted with, guilt or sin. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. An unsophisticated person; hence, a child; a simpleton; an idiot. B. Jonson. [1913 Webster] In Scotland a natural fool was called an… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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