exculpable

exculpate

[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.

Origin:
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)
 
vb
(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]
 
exculpable
 
adj
 
excul'pation
 
n
 
ex'culpatory
 
adj

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exculpate
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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