exculpatory

adjective ex·cul·pa·to·ry \ ek-ˈskəl-pə-ˌtȯr-ē \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of exculpatory

: tending or serving to exculpate

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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.

First Known Use of exculpatory

1781


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exculpatory

adjective ex·cul·pa·to·ry \ ek-ˈskəl-pə-ˌtōr-ē \

legal Definition of exculpatory

: tending or serving to exculpate
  • an exculpatory clause in a contract
— compare inculpatory

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