Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    Free from wrongdoing.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    Free from guilt; acting In good faith and without knowledge of incriminatory circumstances or of defects or objections.
    —Innocent agent. In criminal law. One who, being ignorant of any uniawful intent on the part of his principal, is merely the instrument of the guilty party in committing an offense; one who does an unlawful act at the solicitation or request of another, but who, from defect of understanding or ignorance of the inculpatory facts, incurs no legal guilt. Smith v. State, 21 Tex. App, 107, 17 S. W. 552; Slate v. Carr, 28 Or. 389, 42 Pac. 215.
    —Innocent conveyances. A technical term of the English law of conveyancing, used to designate such conveyances as may be made by a leasehold tenant without working a forfeiture. These are said to dc lease and re-lease, bargain and sale, and, in case of a life-tenant, a covenant to stand seised. See 1 Chit. Pr. 243.
    —Innocent purchaser. One who, by an honest contract or agreement, purchases property or acquires an interest therein, without knowledge or means of knowledge sufficient to charge him in law with knowledge, of any infirmity in the title of the seller. Hanchett v. Kimbark, (111.) 2 N. E. 517; Gerson v. Pool, 31 Ark. 90; Stephens v. Olson, 62 Minn. 295, 64 N. W. 898.