Definition of acquittal
: a setting free from the charge of an offense by verdict, sentence, or other legal process
Examples of acquittal in a Sentence
The case resulted in acquittal of the defendant.
Several jurors voted for acquittal.
The case resulted in an acquittal of the defendant.
Recent Examples of acquittal from the Web
After the shooting Dae'Anna and her mother, Diamond, were detained in the back seat of a police cruiser, video of which was released after the acquittal of Yanez.
Living as a black woman in the aftermath of the presidential election, unable to block out the news cycle of police shootings, acquittals, and assaults, my nervous system is frayed enough by new and old wounds.
The acquittal of Yanez, who is Latino, prompted days of protests, including one in St. Paul that shut down Interstate 94 for hours and ended with 18 arrests.
The dash camera footage and initial interview with Yanez after the fatal confrontation were released following his acquittal.
The acquittal of the police officer in the murder of Philando Castile indicates the trial maybe over.
A number of gun-rights advocates have criticized the acquittal.
They were ignited by the acquittal of four white police officers after they were tried for the use of excessive force on Rodney King, a black taxi driver.
After his acquittal in Gallatin, Frank was then taken to Huntsville to stand trial for the payroll robbery.
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First Known Use of acquittal
ACQUITTAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of acquittal for English Language Learners
: the act of deciding that a person is not guilty of a crime : the act of acquitting someone
ACQUITTAL Defined for Kids
Definition of acquittal for Students
: the act of declaring someone innocent of a crime or wrongdoing
Legal Definition of acquittal
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