absence of guilt

See: innocence
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Americans seem to have adopted Israel's absence of guilt for anything that can be justified as defence against attack, whether present, future, imagined or real.
The thing which should not amaze me, but which always does, is the absence of guilt, the rationalisation by sick people that the transfer of souls has some moral basis.
This suggests that even in the absence of guilt, a perpetrator may still seek reconciliation with the victim.
Nevertheless, external attributions in the absence of guilt feelings may tend to result in learned helplessness and thus, in turn, lower sexual satisfaction both in the sexually coercive and in future relationships.
the manager of the company who, in order to avoid civil liability, should disprove this presumption on the basis of the absence of guilt.
If these negative verdicts from the jury were always founded on the real absence of guilt of the presumed authors of the crimes," Yvernes observed, "we could perhaps congratulate ourselves for meeting so many innocent men and we would have nothing to do but to deplore the lack of clairvoyance of the judicial investigation.
2)--echoes Fred Hobson's study of The Southern Writer in the Postmodern World, which includes the absence of guilt as a distinction between contemporary Southern literature in general and earlier Southern literature.