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

Legal Definition of exoneration

  1. 1 :  the act of disburdening or discharging (as from a charge, liability, obligation, duty, or responsibility); also :  the state of being so freed

  2. 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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capable of being understood in two ways

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