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Examples of exonerate in a Sentence
the results of the DNA fingerprinting finally exonerated the man, but only after he had wasted 10 years of his life in prison
Recent Examples of exonerate from the Web
Led by a fearless female lawyer with a hunger for justice, the team reopens investigations, putting their own lives in danger to exonerate the innocent that were supposedly proved guilty.
The Innocence Project is an organization that works to exonerate those wrongly convicted through DNA testing and advocates for reforms in the system to prevent future injustices.
Mr Carrington now hopes to exonerate Eddie Howard, who has been on Mississippi’s death row since 2000 for the rape and murder of an 84-year-old woman.
The Russian government, deploying state media to target Britons, has also offered multiple theories that seek to exonerate the Kremlin.
But in 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court recognized the injustice -- ruling unanimously to exonerate Hinton.
Despite numerous pleas -- most notably from his mother Kathy Williams -- in regards to his being exonerated, Meek Mill will remain in prison, TMZ reports.
Among the group's members are death row exonerees, including Ray Krone — one of Arizona's most famous inmates to be exonerated.
Bender, who now lives in Carlsbad, was convinced Coley never committed the crime, and worked tirelessly to prove the man’s innocence until last November when Gov. Jerry Brown exonerated him.
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Where Does exonerate Come From?
We won't blame you if you don't know the origins of today's word. Exonerate derives via Middle English from the past participle of the Latin verb exonerare, meaning "to unburden," formed by combining the prefix ex- with onus, meaning "load" or "burden" (onus itself lives on with that meaning in English). In its earliest uses, dating from the 16th century, exonerate was used in the context of physical burdens—a ship, for example, could be exonerated of its cargo when it was unloaded. Later it was used in reference to any kind of burden, until a more specific sense developed, meaning "to relieve (someone) of blame."
Synonym Discussion of exonerate
- 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
EXONERATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of exonerate for English Language Learners
: to prove that someone is not guilty of a crime or responsible for a problem, bad situation, etc.
Origin and Etymology of exonerate
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