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exoneration

noun ex·on·er·a·tion \ ig-ˌzä-nə-ˈrā-shən, eg- \

legal Definition of exoneration

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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