acquittal

noun ac·quit·tal \ ə-ˈkwi-tᵊl \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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

  1. The case resulted in acquittal of the defendant.

  2. Several jurors voted for acquittal.

  3. The case resulted in an acquittal of the defendant.

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Origin and Etymology of acquittal

Middle English acquitaille, acquytall "release, discharge, conduct," borrowed from Anglo-French acquitel, acquitaill, from aquiter "to acquit" + -el, -aill 2-al


ACQUITTAL Defined for English Language Learners

acquittal

noun

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

acquittal

noun ac·quit·tal \ ə-ˈkwi-tᵊl \

Definition of acquittal for Students

: the act of declaring someone innocent of a crime or wrongdoing

Law Dictionary

acquittal

noun ac·quit·tal \ ə-ˈkwit-ᵊl \

legal Definition of acquittal

1 : release or discharge from debt or other liability
2 : a setting free or deliverance from the charge of an offense by verdict of a jury, judgment of a court, or other legal process — see also implied acquittal, judgment of acquittal at judgment 1a — compare conviction


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