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exculpatory

[ik-skuhl-puh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɪkˈskʌl pəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
adjective
1.
tending to clear from a charge of fault or guilt.
Origin
1770-1780
1770-80; exculpate + -ory1
Related forms
nonexculpatory, adjective
Can be confused
exculpatory, inculpatory.
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Word Origin and History for nonexculpatory
exculpatory
c.1780, from exculpate, from L. ex- + culpa "blame."
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