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Examples of exculpate in a Sentence
The court exculpated him after a thorough investigation.
I will present evidence that will exculpate my client.
Recent Examples of exculpate from the Web
And, of course, the German military is to be exculpated, as having acted honorably.
Nothing — nothing at all — in the Nunes Memo exculpates Donald Trump from charges of obstruction of justice or Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner, Don Jr., or any other staff from charges of criminal conspiracy to collude with the Russians.
The new e-mail, which came to light because of Brown’s lawsuit, backs up his claims, showing that the prosecutor at the time, Dan Rizzo, was aware of evidence that could exculpate Brown.
At root, the only political considerations permitted into the gun debate are those that exculpate the owners, distributors, and manufacturers of the guns.
The president of the United States has made no comment on the deaths of four soldiers except to exculpate himself.
Yet for the insanity defense to live up to the moral imperative it was designed to embody — exculpating those with diminished responsibility for their acts — better mechanisms for evaluating release will need to be adopted, Slobogin says.
However the public chose to remember her, the German government exculpated Mata Hari in 1930.
Service makes clear that any incriminating evidence was surely scrubbed from the Soviet files in Moscow to exculpate Lenin.
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Did You Know?
You need not take the blame if you're unfamiliar with the origins of "exculpate," but there's a hint in this sentence. The word, which was adopted in the late 17th century from Medieval Latin exculpatus, traces back to the Latin noun culpa, meaning "blame." Some other descendants of "culpa" in English include "culpable" ("meriting condemnation or blame") and "inculpate" ("incriminate"), as well as the considerably rarer "culpatory" ("accusing") and "disculpate" (a synonym of "exculpate"). You may also be familiar with the borrowed Latin phrase mea culpa, which translates directly as "through my fault" and is used in English to mean "a formal acknowledgment of personal fault or error."
Synonym Discussion of exculpate
- exculpating himself from the charge of overenthusiasm
- cannot be absolved of blame
- exonerated by the investigation
- voted to acquit the defendant
- her judgment was vindicated
EXCULPATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of exculpate for English Language Learners
: to prove that someone is not guilty of doing something wrong
legal Definition of exculpate
exculpationplay \ˌek-skəl-ˈpā-shən\ noun
Origin and Etymology of exculpate
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