exculpatory

[ik-skuhl-puh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
adjective
tending to clear from a charge of fault or guilt.

Origin:
1770–80; exculpate + -ory1

nonexculpatory, adjective

exculpatory, inculpatory.
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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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exculpatory
c.1780, from exculpate, from L. ex- + culpa "blame."
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Example sentences
Trashing the defendant in public, with full knowledge of the exculpatory
  evidence being suppressed, is gravy.
For some, this oversight only confirmed suspicions that commission staff
  overlook potentially exculpatory evidence.
But he has yet to reveal what exculpatory diagnosis he plans to offer.
At the same time he is not content to say nothing, but attempts to give
  exculpatory reasons, which only makes plainer.
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