Definition of in all innocence in English:

in all innocence

phrase

  • Without knowledge of something's significance or possible consequences.

    ‘she knew the gift had been chosen in all innocence’
    • ‘I set off for the pretty East Yorkshire village in all innocence after learning of concerns about the growing duck population.’
    • ‘I guess looking anywhere intently in all innocence these days can be considered a security risk if there's someone important in that direction.’
    • ‘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 was just wondering,’ he said in all innocence.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They had to disqualify the Romanian gold-medal winner for, in all innocence, using the wrong cold medicine!’
    • ‘I did, though get a reaction when I asked, in all innocence, if she would take dictation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The family bought their home in all innocence back in 1995.’
    • ‘So, in all innocence, I told them when the services were going to be: Carol Service, Midnight Mass.’
    naivety, naiveness, ingenuousness, credulity, credulousness, trustfulness, inexperience, gullibility, simpleness, simplicity, unworldliness, lack of experience, lack of sophistication, guilelessness, greenness, childlikeness
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