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exculpate

ex·cul·pate

exculpate

 
pronunciation:
ek skl peIt
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: exculpated, exculpates, exculpating
definition: to free (a person or group) from guilt or blame, or from the suspicion of guilt or blame.
New evidence introduced in court exculpated the defendant.
antonyms:
accuse, incriminate, inculpate
similar words:
absolve, acquit, clear, exonerate, justify
derivations: exculpable (adj.), exculpatory (adj.), exculpation (n.)