Definition of Exculpate

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

Exact synonyms: Acquit, Assoil, Clear, Discharge, 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



Definition of Exculpate

1. v. t. To clear from alleged fault or guilt; to prove to be guiltless; to relieve of blame; to acquit.

Definition of Exculpate

1. Verb. To clear of or free from guilt; exonerate. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Exculpate

1. [v -PATED, -PATING, -PATES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Exculpate

excruciates
excruciating
excruciatingly
excruciation
excruciations
excrudescence
excrudescences
excrutiate
excsc
excubant
excubation
excubitoria
excubitorium
excudit
exculpable
exculpate (current term)
exculpated
exculpates
exculpating
exculpation
exculpations
exculpatory
excur
excurrent
excurse
excursed
excurses
excursing
excursion
excursion rate

Literary usage of Exculpate

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

1. The Gentleman's Magazine (1790)
"Y; his piety genuine; "his'di- to exculpate the Roman Catholic part « Diffère» upon .... exculpate ..."

2. Forty Years of It by Brand Whitlock (1914)
"... this surprising lack of solidarity and discipline in their ranks, he said, as though he must exculpate himself: "Oh well, you know—Mayor Jones. ..."

3. The Law of Railways: Embracing Corporations, Eminent Domain, Contracts by Isaac Fletcher Redfield (1873)
"In cases of alleged torts company not bound to exculpate. 8. So, too, the plaintiff" is not bound to produce testimony from experts. 4. ..."

4. Under the Old Flag: Recollections of Military Operations in the War for the by James Harrison Wilson (1912)
"... runs for it—Sheridan still a laggard—Kautz lies down and quits—Sheridan's efforts to exculpate himself—Wilson crosses Blackwater and arrives at ..."

5. General History of the Christian Religion and Church by August Neander, Joseph Torrey (1849)
"... an authoritative tone, gave to all applicants the peace of the church, and acted as if it needed only their word to exculpate and discharge the fallen. ..."

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