proacquittal

acquittal

[uh-kwit-l]
noun
1.
the act of acquitting; discharge.
2.
the state of being acquitted; release.
3.
the discharge or settlement of a debt, obligation, etc.
4.
Law. judicial deliverance from a criminal charge on a verdict or finding of not guilty.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English a(c)quitaille < Anglo-French; see acquit, -al2

nonacquittal, noun
preacquittal, noun
proacquittal, adjective
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acquittal (əˈkwɪtəl)
 
n
1.  criminal law the deliverance and release of a person appearing before a court on a charge of crime, as by a finding of not guilty
2.  a discharge or release from an obligation, duty, debt, etc

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acquittal
early 15c., "payment of debt or retribution;" see acquit. Sense of "a release from debt or obligation" is from mid-15c.; that of "freeing from charge or offense" (by legal process) is from 1530s.
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acquittal definition


The judgment of a court that a person charged with a crime is not guilty.

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