exoneration

noun
ex·​on·​er·​a·​tion | \ ig-ˌzä-nə-ˈrā-shən, eg- How to pronounce exoneration (audio) \

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
2a : 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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