AskDefine | Define exculpate

Dictionary Definition

exculpate v : pronounce not guilty of criminal charges; "The suspect was cleared of the murder charges" [syn: acquit, assoil, clear, discharge, exonerate] [ant: convict]

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From the Latin exculpare from Latin ex culpa ex- "from" + culpa "blame"


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

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

absolve, account for, acquit, amnesty, clear, condone, cry sour grapes, decontaminate, destigmatize, discharge, dismiss, dispense from, do justice to, excuse, exempt, exempt from, exonerate, explain, forgive, free, give absolution, grant amnesty to, grant forgiveness, grant immunity, grant remission, justify, let go, let off, nonpros, pardon, purge, quash the charge, rationalize, rehabilitate, reinstate, release, remit, restore, set free, shrive, spare, vindicate, warrant, whitewash, withdraw the charge
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