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Causing injury; harmful.

[Middle English nocent, guilty, from Latin nocēns, nocent-, present participle of nocēre, to harm; see nek- in Indo-European roots.]


a criminal or guilty person
harmful or injurious, tending to harmguilty
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.nocent - having a tendency to cause harm
harmful - causing or capable of causing harm; "too much sun is harmful to the skin"; "harmful effects of smoking"
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So saying, through each Thicket Danck or Drie, Like a black mist low creeping, he held on His midnight search, where soonest he might finde The Serpent: him fast sleeping soon he found In Labyrinth of many a round self-rowl'd, His head the midst, well stor'd with suttle wiles: Not yet in horrid Shade or dismal Den, Not nocent yet, but on the grassie Herbe Fearless unfeard he slept: in at his Mouth The Devil enterd, and his brutal sense, In heart or head, possessing soon inspir'd With act intelligential; but his sleep Disturbd not, waiting close th' approach of Morn.
When I first entered the cosmopolitan society where these women lived, it was an enclosed community, in- nocent, good-hearted and [punctuated] with tragedies mainly revolving around land and its great psychologi- cal struggles.
Adrien Nocent, OSB a aira di Giustino Farnedi, Benedictina-Edizioni Abbazi S.
268) The first is the general principle pacta tertiis nec nocent nec prosunt, a rule derived from Roman law providing "agreements neither impose obligations nor confer benefits upon third parties.
34; see also BROWNLIE, supra note 6, at 627 (describing the maxim pacta tertiis nec nocent nec prosunt as a "fundamental principle," noting its embodiment in the VCLT, and describing two recognized exceptions--neither of which appears to apply here).
114) This embodied the maxim pacta tertiis nec nocent nec prosunt (agreements neither harm nor benefit third parties) and is founded on the principles of sovereignty and independence of states.
at chartis nec furta nocent et saecula prosunt, / solaque non norunt haec monumenta mori.
Rather, the whole mystery of salvation was regarded as a constant and sufficient memorial of Christ's love for humanity, and it would have been foreign to celebrate a special feast in honor of Jesus's love, let alone one dedicated to His Heart (Maloney 10; Nocent 2:465).
The facts that I am acting in a way that is morally wrong and grievously culpable bring it about that it is morally required that the bystander act in a way that saves the life of the morally in nocent, my wife, at the expense of the morally culpable, me, given that someone must die.
20) En orden cronologico: Jacques DERETZ, Adrien NOCENT, Dizionario dei testi conciliari, Brescia, 1966; Philippe DELHAYE, Michel GUERET, Paul TOMBEUR, Concilium Vatacanum II.
Traditio et progressio: Studi liturgici in onore del Prof Adrien Nocent OSB, Studia Anselmiana: Analecta liturgica 12 (Rome: Pontificio Ateneo S.
7) Si bien esto se presenta como un obstaculo juridico para el ejercicio de la jurisdiccion de la CPI, es una situacion que pone de manifiesto los matices politicos de las relaciones internacionales, a la vez que resalta el principio de pacta tertiis nec nocent necprosunt.