Definition of acquit
1 : to discharge completely (as from an accusation or obligation) The court acquitted the prisoner.
2 : to conduct (oneself) usually satisfactorily especially under stress The recruits acquitted themselves like veterans.
Examples of acquit in a Sentence
The jury acquitted the defendant because there wasn't enough evidence to convict him of the crime.
acquitted of the robbery charge after proving he was nowhere near the scene of the crime
Recent Examples of acquit from the Web
There is often a large public outcry when law-enforcement officers don’t face charges or are acquitted after killing unarmed citizens.
His lawyer, Mr. Spiro, also represented the Atlanta Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha, who was acquitted on all charges stemming from an encounter with police officers outside a Chelsea nightclub.
Anderson spent five years in jail before being acquitted by a jury.
In April 2007, following a trial in which Busta again testified, a jury acquitted Resh.
Kevin Johnson and Hakim Shabazz faced a potential 5 to 40 years in prison before being acquitted by New Orleans Criminal District Court Judge Ben Willard.
O’Mara, who was in Fort Worth on Friday meeting with the Craig family, is best known for representing George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch leader who was acquitted in 2013 in the shooting death of black teenager Trayvon Martin.
Lindsey said in 2015 that after they were acquitted, every juror approached him and Rodriguez to thank them for their service.
A judge on Wednesday acquitted a Cincinnati police officer of charges related to the fatal shooting of an unarmed 19-year-old black man in April that triggered three days of race riots.
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Origin and Etymology of acquit
Middle English aquiten, from Anglo-French aquiter, from a- (from Latin ad-) + quite free of — more at quit
First Known Use: 13th century
Synonym Discussion of acquit
exculpate, absolve, exonerate, acquit, vindicate mean to free from a charge. exculpate implies a clearing from blame or fault often in a matter of small importance. exculpating himself from the charge of overenthusiasm absolve implies a release either from an obligation that binds the conscience or from the consequences of disobeying the law or committing a sin. cannot be absolved of blame exonerate implies a complete clearance from an accusation or charge and from any attendant suspicion of blame or guilt. exonerated by the investigation acquit implies a formal decision in one's favor with respect to a definite charge. voted to acquit the defendant vindicate may refer to things as well as persons that have been subjected to critical attack or imputation of guilt, weakness, or folly, and implies a clearing effected by proving the unfairness of such criticism or blame. her judgment was vindicated
ACQUIT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of acquit for English Language Learners
: to decide that someone is not guilty of a crime
ACQUIT Defined for Kids
Definition of acquit for Students
1 : to declare innocent of a crime or of wrongdoing
2 : to behave in a certain way You are to acquit yourselves as young ladies and gentlemen.
Legal Definition of acquit
: to discharge completely: as a : to release from liability for a debt or other obligation —usually used in agreements forever release, acquit, and discharge each other b : to absolve (a criminal defendant) of a charge by judicial process c : to clear of wrongdoing the fact…does not acquit them of misrepresentation — In re Hiller, 694 P.2d 540 (1985)
: to absolve a defendant of criminal liability must acquit if any reasonable doubt existed — Commonwealth v. Gagliardi, 638 N.E.2d 20 (1994) — compare convict
Origin and Etymology of acquit
Old French acquiter to pay off, absolve, acquit, from a-, prefix marking causation + quite free (of an obligation)
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