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exculpate

[ek-skuhl-peyt, ik-skuhl-peyt] /ˈɛk skʌlˌpeɪt, ɪkˈskʌl peɪt/
verb (used with object), exculpated, exculpating.
1.
to clear from a charge of guilt or fault; free from blame; vindicate.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; < Latin exculpātus freed from blame, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + culpātus blamed (past participle of culpāre; see culpable)
Related forms
exculpable
[ik-skuhl-puh-buh l] /ɪkˈskʌl pə bəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
exculpation, noun
nonexculpable, adverb
nonexculpation, noun
self-exculpation, noun
unexculpable, adjective
unexculpated, adjective
Can be confused
exculpate, exonerate, inculpate.
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Examples from the web for exculpation
  • The trial is intended by the new government as a ritual of self-congratulation and exculpation.
  • First of all, certainly, is the factor of self-exculpation.
  • It is often difficult to establish standards and make judgments about right and wrong, and about blame and exculpation.
  • He is then to be heard in exculpation, and to withdraw.
British Dictionary definitions for exculpation

exculpate

/ˈɛkskʌlˌpeɪt; ɪkˈskʌlpeɪt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to free from blame or guilt; vindicate or exonerate
Derived Forms
exculpable (ɪkˈskʌlpəbəl) adjective
exculpation, noun
exculpatory, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin exculpāre, from Latin ex-1 + culpāre to blame, from culpa fault, blame
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Word Origin and History for exculpation
n.

1715, noun of action from exculpate.

exculpate

v.

1650s, from Medieval Latin exculpatus, past participle of exculpare, from Latin ex culpa, from ex "from" (see ex-) + culpa ablative of culpa "blame, fault." Related: Exculpated; exculpating.

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