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exculpatory

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adjective ex·cul·pa·to·ry \ek-ˈskəl-pə-ˌtȯr-ē\

Definition of exculpatory

  1. :  tending or serving to exculpate



Did You Know?

No one will blame you for having questions about the origins of exculpatory. The adjective comes from a combination of the prefix ex-, meaning "out of" or "away from," and the Latin noun culpa, which means "blame" or "guilt." Something exculpatory, then, frees one from accusations. Culpa has given English a number of other words, including the verb exculpate ("to clear from alleged fault or guilt"). The related but lesser-known terms inculpate ("to incriminate") and inculpatory ("incriminating") are antonyms of exculpate and exculpatory. Culpable is a synonym of blameworthy, and mea culpa refers to a formal acknowledgment of personal fault or error.

1781

First Known Use of exculpatory

1781


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exculpatory

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adjective ex·cul·pa·to·ry \ek-ˈskəl-pə-ˌtōr-ē\

Legal Definition of exculpatory

  1. :  tending or serving to exculpate <an exculpatory clause in a contract> — compare inculpatory




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