Definition of exculpatory
: tending or serving to exculpate
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Recent Examples of exculpatory from the Web
Nevertheless, the exculpatory information was never presented at trial.
Under the landmark 1963 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brady vs. Maryland, prosecutors must turn over exculpatory material, such as evidence that impairs a witness’ credibility.
Contrary to the government’s claims and the Court’s decision, the evidence of Force’s (and Bridges’s) corruption was both material and exculpatory.
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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.
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