Definition of not guilty in US English:

not guilty


  • Innocent, especially of a formal charge.

    ‘he pled not guilty to murder’
    • ‘He has pleaded not guilty to an additional charge of taking possession of the weapons.’
    • ‘He had earlier been found not guilty on charges of damaging an aircraft so as to endanger its safety in flight.’
    • ‘A person who has been found not guilty is innocent in the eyes of the criminal law.’
    • ‘He pleaded not guilty to the charge when he appeared at the Old Bailey on January 14.’
    • ‘The jury at Glasgow High Court found him not guilty of two other charges of abusing a third boy and a young girl.’
    • ‘He pleaded not guilty to a further charge of possessing amphetamines with intent to supply.’
    • ‘If, at the end of the day, they are found not guilty of the charge, then all hail to them.’
    • ‘He pleads not guilty to four charges of causing death by dangerous driving.’
    • ‘He appeared in court in December that year and pleaded not guilty to a riot charge.’
    • ‘The jury found him not guilty on a rape charge on the directions of the judge.’
    guiltless, guilt-free, not guilty, blameless, not to blame, in the clear, unimpeachable, irreproachable, above suspicion, beyond criticism, without fault, faultless
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not guilty

/ˌnät ˈɡiltē//ˌnɑt ˈɡɪlti/