Now that you are out, what do you really think of the system that has both convicted and acquitted you?
Hickok was acquitted, and it caused a public outcry of injustice.
A month later, Hayee was sentenced to death for the attack, but was acquitted in appeal due to lack of evidence.
"freed, exonerated," 1670s, past participle adjective from acquit (v.). Formerly in this sense was acquit (late 14c.), perhaps on analogy of pps. such as hit.
early 13c., "to satisfy a debt" (either for oneself or on behalf of another), from Old French aquiter "pay, pay up, settle a claim" (12c.), from à "to" (see ad-) + quite "free, clear" (see quit (adj.)). Meanings "set free from charges" and "to discharge one's duty" both recorded from late 14c. Related: Acquitted; acquitting.