verb (used with object), exonerated, exonerating.
to clear, as of an accusation; free from guilt or blame; exculpate: He was exonerated from the accusation of cheating.
to relieve, as from an obligation, duty, or task.

1515–25; late Middle English < Latin exonerātus (past participle of exonerāre to unburden, discharge), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + oner- (stem of onus) a burden + -ātus -ate1

exoneration, noun
exonerative, adjective
exonerator, noun
unexonerated, adjective
unexonerative, adjective

exculpate, exonerate, inculpate.

1. vindicate. See absolve. 2. release, discharge, free.

1. blame.
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exonerate (ɪɡˈzɒnəˌreɪt)
1.  to clear or absolve from blame or a criminal charge
2.  to relieve from an obligation or task; exempt
[C16: from Latin exonerāre to free from a burden, from onus a burden]

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Word Origin & History

mid-15c., from L. exoneratus, pp. of exonerare "remove a burden, discharge," from ex- "off" + onus (gen. oneris) "burden." Related: Exonerated; exonerating.
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Example sentences
It's pretty clear that the investigators feel their mission is to exonerate
  their comrades, not investigate the truth.
If a collective group or school board is charged with irresponsibility, it may
  try to exonerate itself by offering an excuse.
However, this report is not meant to excuse their ethical failings, or
  exonerate them from their wrongdoings.
The camera provided the proof needed to exonerate one driver after an accident.
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