exculpate


exculpate

verb (used with object), ex·cul·pat·ed, ex·cul·pat·ing.

  1. to clear from a charge of guilt or fault; free from blame; vindicate.

verb

  1. (tr) to free from blame or guilt; vindicate or exonerate
v.

1650s, from Medieval Latin exculpatus, past participle of exculpare, from Latin ex culpa, from ex “from” (see ex-) + culpa ablative of culpa “blame, fault.” Related: Exculpated; exculpating.

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