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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.]
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a criminal or guilty person
harmful or injurious, tending to harmguilty
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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.
MP Sarah Champion, chair of Parliament's all-party Adult : nocent Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse, said: "It's beyond belief that innocent survivors are unable to see their cases retried because a cruel technicality means child sexual abuse is not seen as a serious crime.
num misero carmen et herba nocent, / sagaue poenicea defixit nomina cera / et medium tenuis in iecur egit acus?" (3.7: 27-30) [" Acaso mi cuerpo languidece embrujado con veneno de Tesalia?
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." (269) Waldock identifies only one publicist, Scelle, objecting to this principle as a theoretical basis for the rule in the law of treaties.
Nocent, A., <<L'Eglise locale realisation de l'Eglise du Christ et sujet de l'eucharistie>>, en ALBERIGO, G.
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).
(2.) Note that the formulation of the rule pacta tertiis nec nocent