Entries linking to guiltless
Old English gylt "crime, sin, moral defect, failure of duty," of unknown origin, though some suspect a connection to Old English gieldan "to pay for, debt," but OED editors find this "inadmissible phonologically." The -u- is an unetymological insertion. In law, "That state of a moral agent which results from his commission of a crime or an offense wilfully or by consent" [Century Dictionary], from early 14c. Then use for "sense of guilt," considered erroneous by purists, is first recorded 1680s. Guilt by association recorded by 1919.
word-forming element meaning "lacking, cannot be, does not," from Old English -leas, from leas "free (from), devoid (of), false, feigned," from Proto-Germanic *lausaz (cognates: Dutch -loos, German -los "-less," Old Norse lauss "loose, free, vacant, dissolute," Middle Dutch los, German los "loose, free," Gothic laus "empty, vain"), from PIE root *leu- "to loosen, divide, cut apart." Related to loose and lease.
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Harper, D. (n.d.). Etymology of guiltless. Online Etymology Dictionary. Retrieved $(datetime), from https://www.etymonline.com/word/guiltless
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Harper, Douglas. “Etymology of guiltless.” Online Etymology Dictionary, https://www.etymonline.com/word/guiltless. Accessed $(datetimeMla).
D. Harper. “Etymology of guiltless.” Online Etymology Dictionary. https://www.etymonline.com/word/guiltless (accessed $(datetime)).