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[ik-skuhl-puh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɪkˈskʌl pəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
tending to clear from a charge of fault or guilt.
Origin of exculpatory
1770-80; exculpate + -ory1
Related forms
nonexculpatory, adjective
Can be confused
exculpatory, inculpatory. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for exculpatory
  • 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.
  • exculpatory is defined as a evidence not admissible in trial.
  • What's important is not the exculpatory evidence that clears her of a trumped-up crime.
  • The first question on appeal is whether the exculpatory clause is enforceable.
  • Consent forms should not contain any exculpatory language.
Word Origin and History for exculpatory

1780s, from exculpate + -ory.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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