exoneration

noun

ex·​on·​er·​a·​tion ig-ˌzä-nə-ˈrā-shən, eg- How to pronounce exoneration (audio)
1
: the act of disburdening or discharging (as from a charge, liability, obligation, duty, or responsibility)
also : the state of being so freed
2
a
: the right of a person who has paid a debt for which he or she is only secondarily liable to be reimbursed by the person primarily liable
b
: the right of a surety to require a person or estate that is subject to a liability for which the surety is secondarily liable to discharge the liability thus relieving the surety
also : the equitable remedy by which the surety compels discharge of the liability

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“Exoneration.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/exoneration. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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