Definition of exculpatory
: tending or serving to exculpate
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Recent Examples of exculpatory from the Web
Despite Don Jr.’s posing, nothing in the e-mail is exculpatory.
But prosecutors didn’t tell Washington’s then-lawyer that the eyewitness had backtracked, despite legal obligations to turn over exculpatory information, the DA’s office says.
The law, which takes effect Oct. 1, will allow someone with a wrongful-conviction claim to ask that a state's attorney review new, presumably exculpatory evidence.
Additionally, exculpatory fingerprint evidence not unearthed until years after trial showed that samples taken off a whiskey bottle near Hines' body and cocktail glasses inside Robinson's room did not match the victims or Floyd.
Many of these buildings were simply bad to begin with, though the reasons why are complex and in no ways exculpatory of Grenfell’s hapless political stewards.
Prosecutors have a duty to turn over such exculpatory evidence under the law.
In fact, Shugerman argues, the very payments that Trump’s defenders insist are exculpatory evidence demonstrate the necessity of enforcing the Emoluments Clauses.
Trump and his supporters have downplayed the significance of the president's overtures to Comey and highlighted aspects of Comey's testimony that seemed 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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