exculpate exculpate  /ˌɛk ˈskəl peɪt/


  • (v) pronounce not guilty of criminal charges

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  1. The defendant attempted to exculpate himself by providing an alibi that placed him far from the scene of the crime.
  2. Every member of the caucus tried to exculpate himself by declaring that he took part in the plot under duress.


  1. "This is a film whose essential metaphorical thrust is to exculpate Nazi-era Germans from knowing complicity in the Final Solution," Rosenbaum commented in an essay on Slate.com. "The fact that it was recently nominated for a best picture...
    on Feb 16, 2009 By: Ron Rosenbaum Source: AFP

  2. In reversing the conviction, Justice William O. Douglas said: "A prosecution that withholds evidence on demand of an accused which, if made available, would tend to exculpate him or reduce the penalty helps shape a trial that bears heavily on the...
    on May 16, 2009 By: William O Douglas Source: Washington Post

  3. Judge said the legislation did not "exempt, nor make an exception, nor create a defense for, nor exculpate what some would describe as a terrorism in a just cause."
    on Feb 16, 2007 By: Igor Judge Source: ABS CBN News

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