[ek-skuhl-peyt, ik-skuhl-peyt]
verb (used with object), exculpated, exculpating.
to clear from a charge of guilt or fault; free from blame; vindicate.

1650–60; < Latin exculpātus freed from blame, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + culpātus blamed (past participle of culpāre; see culpable)

exculpable [ik-skuhl-puh-buhl] , adjective
exculpation, noun
nonexculpable, adverb
nonexculpation, noun
self-exculpation, noun
unexculpable, adjective
unexculpated, adjective

exculpate, exonerate, inculpate.
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exculpate (ˈɛkskʌlˌpeɪt, ɪkˈskʌlpeɪt)
(tr) to free from blame or guilt; vindicate or exonerate
[C17: from Medieval Latin exculpāre, from Latin ex-1 + culpāre to blame, from culpa fault, blame]

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Word Origin & History

1650s, from M.L. exculpatus, pp. of exculpare, from L. ex culpa, from ex "from" + culpa abl. of culpa "blame." Related: Exculpated; exculpating.
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Example sentences
The trial is intended by the new government as a ritual of self-congratulation and 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.
First of all, certainly, is the factor of self-exculpation.
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