Definition of Exonerate

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

Exact synonyms: Acquit, Assoil, Clear, Discharge, Exculpate
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 Exonerate

1. v. t. To unload; to disburden; to discharge.

Definition of Exonerate

1. Verb. (transitive now rare) To relieve (someone or something) of a load; to unburden (a load). ¹

2. Verb. (obsolete reflexive) Of a body of water, to discharge (oneself), empty oneself. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To free from an obligation, responsibility or task. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To free from accusation or blame. ¹

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Definition of Exonerate

1. [v -ATED, -ATING, -ATES]

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Literary usage of Exonerate

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

1. A Treatise on Rents by Geoffrey Gilbert (1838)
"pressly charged with the rent, the proviso to exonerate it ... the proviso is good to exonerate the person: yet, upon the death of the grantee, ..."

2. The Law of Railways: Embracing Corporations, Eminent Domain, Contracts by Isaac Fletcher Redfield (1869)
"Shareholders cannot exonerate themselves from their statutory liability, either for the debts of the company or expenses incurred by a transfer of their ..."

3. A Digest of the Laws of England Respecting Real Property by William Cruise, Henry Hopley White (1835)
"It was contended that these words were not sufficient to exonerate the personal estate; that in order to be so, there must be a destination, ..."

4. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1882)
"... or to exonerate the defendant from his liability. The first objection was to the sufficiency of the evidence to establish the citizenship of Bel- knap, ..."

5. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1904)
"... set apart, or sequestered during the life of appellant, so as to exonerate the property sold in the event the husband should die first. ..."

6. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Judicature by William Johnson (1860)
"... or exonerate the defendants. We are, therefore, of opinion, that judgment must be entered for the plaintiff, for the amount of the verdict. ..."

7. A Treatise on the Law and Practice Relating to Vendors and Purchasers of by Joseph Henry Dart, William Barber, Sheldon, William Robert, 1857- (1888)
"or him, shall be sufficient discharges for the money therein Chip. XIII. expressed to be received; and shall effectually exonerate the persons paying such ..."

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