Innocence is the state or condition of being free from guilt, sin, or wrongdoing. It can also mean the lacking of knowledge of evil. Common symbols of purity and innocence are little children, lambs, bare feet, and white clothing.

People who lack the mental capacity to understand the nature of their acts may be regarded as innocent regardless of their behavior. From this meaning comes the term innocent to refer to a child under the age of reason, or a person, of any age, who is severely mentally disabled.

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