- to clear from a charge of guilt or fault; free from blame; vindicate.
Origin of exculpate
Examples from the Web for exculpation
He foresaw that any attempt at exculpation would be as fruitless as dangerous.Gomez Arias
Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso
She fought on the consuming fire to have her exculpation heard.Diana of the Crossways, Complete
But, because she was Clancy Deane, they were not words of exculpation, or of apology.Find the Woman</p>
Arthur Somers Roche
His exculpation was complete before every tribunal of opinion.The Life of Jefferson Davis
Frank H. Alfriend
But that very circumstance is our exculpation, instead of our guilt.Dangerous Connections, v. 1, 2, 3, 4
Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
- (tr) to free from blame or guilt; vindicate or exonerate
Word Origin and History for exculpation
1715, noun of action from exculpate.
1650s, from Medieval Latin exculpatus, past participle of exculpare, from Latin ex culpa, from ex "from" (see ex-) + culpa ablative of culpa "blame, fault." Related: Exculpated; exculpating.