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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Example sentences
Each makes some attempt to exculpate the other.
Cameras exculpate people just as well as they incriminate them.
It is alleged that without this exemption the defendant would be required to
  exculpate himself.
They operate on precisely the opposite theory, that the suspect's normal
  reaction will be to try to exculpate himself.
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