Definition of Acquit

1. Verb. Pronounce not guilty of criminal charges. "They want to acquit the prisoners "; "The suspect was cleared of the murder charges"

Exact synonyms: Assoil, Clear, Discharge, Exculpate, Exonerate
Entails: Evaluate, Judge, Pass Judgment
Specialized synonyms: Vindicate, Whitewash, Purge
Generic synonyms: Judge, Label, Pronounce
Derivative terms: Acquittal, Clear, Clearing, Exculpation, Exculpatory, Exoneration, Exoneration, Exonerative
Antonyms: Convict

2. Verb. Behave in a certain manner. "They conducted themselves well during these difficult times"
Exact synonyms: Bear, Behave, Carry, Comport, Conduct, Deport
Generic synonyms: Bear, Carry, Hold, Act, Move
Specialized synonyms: Fluster, Assert, Put Forward, Deal, Walk Around, Pose, Posture
Derivative terms: Bearing, Comportment, Conduct, Conduct, Deportment

Definition of Acquit

1. p. p. Acquitted; set free; rid of.

2. v. t. To discharge, as a claim or debt; to clear off; to pay off; to requite.

Definition of Acquit

1. Verb. To declare or find not guilty; innocent. ¹

2. Verb. (context: followed by “of”, formerly by “from”) To set free, release or discharge from an obligation, duty, liability, burden, or from an accusation or charge. ¹

3. Verb. (obsolete rare) To pay for; to atone for ¹

4. Verb. To discharge, as a claim or debt; to clear off; to pay off; to requite, to fulfill. ¹

5. Verb. (reflexive) To clear one’s self. ¹

6. Verb. (reflexive) To bear or conduct one’s self; to perform one’s part. ¹

7. Verb. (obsolete) To release, set free, rescue. ¹

8. Verb. (archaic) Past participle of '''acquit''', set free, rid of. ¹

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Definition of Acquit

1. to free or clear from a charge of fault or crime [v -QUITTED, -QUITTING, -QUITS]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Acquit

acquisition agreement
acquisition debt
acquit (current term)

Literary usage of Acquit

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Treatise on the Criminal Law of the United States by Francis Wharton (1874)
"The first two may be considered together, the same law applicable to autrefois convict being generally applicable to autrefois acquit, w > In Massachusetts, ..."

2. Precedents of Indictments and Pleas: Adapted to the Use Both of the Courts by Francis Wharton (1871)
"(1151) Autrefois acquit, another form. (1152) Replication to autrefois acquit. (To be made ore tenus.) (1153) Plea that defendant was duly charged, ..."

3. The General Principles of the Law of Evidence: In Their Application to the by Frank Sumner Rice (1894)
"Doctrine of Autrefois acquit and Convict Examined.—The provision of the Constitution of the United States, that no person shall be twice put in jeopardy of ..."

4. The Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut [1636-1776] by Connecticut, Connecticut General Assembly, Connecticut Council, James Hammond Trumbull, Connecticut Council of Safety, Charles Jeremy Hoadly (1880)
"... that the defendant is guilty of the facts charged against him, then and in every such case unless the defendant shall acquit himself upon oath that he ..."

5. Borough Customs by Mary Bateson (1904)
"Withdrawal of the Appeal does not acquit the Appealed. ... and a day shall be assigned to him to acquit himself against the suit of the lord king if he can. ..."

6. The History of England by David Hume, Tobias George Smollett (1825)
"They acquit admiral Russel, and resolve to advise his majesty—§ VII. They comply with all the demands of the ministry—§ VIII. The lords present an address ..."

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