exonerate

[ig-zon-uh-reyt]
verb (used with object), exonerated, exonerating.
1.
to clear, as of an accusation; free from guilt or blame; exculpate: He was exonerated from the accusation of cheating.
2.
to relieve, as from an obligation, duty, or task.

Origin:
1515–25; late Middle English < Latin exonerātus (past participle of exonerāre to unburden, discharge), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + oner- (stem of onus) a burden + -ātus -ate1

exoneration, noun
exonerative, adjective
exonerator, noun
unexonerated, adjective
unexonerative, adjective

exculpate, exonerate, inculpate.


1. vindicate. See absolve. 2. release, discharge, free.


1. blame.
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exonerate (ɪɡˈzɒnəˌreɪt)
 
vb
1.  to clear or absolve from blame or a criminal charge
2.  to relieve from an obligation or task; exempt
 
[C16: from Latin exonerāre to free from a burden, from onus a burden]
 
exoner'ation
 
n
 
ex'onerative
 
adj
 
ex'onerator
 
n

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exonerate
mid-15c., from L. exoneratus, pp. of exonerare "remove a burden, discharge," from ex- "off" + onus (gen. oneris) "burden." Related: Exonerated; exonerating.
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Example sentences
Exonerated defendants are less likely to have serious criminal records.
The thesis by the student who was exonerated was found to have been the source
  of material copied by other students.
When they did, those results exonerated the defendant, who was acquitted.
He was planning to stay in housing there that was set up especially for
  exonerated prisoners.
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