- 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.
Origin of exonerate
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1. vindicate. 2. release, discharge, free.
1. See absolve.
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Examples from the Web for exonerated
Vasquez, who has borderline ID, was exonerated in 1989, four years after his conviction.How the U.S. Justice System Screws Prisoners with Disabilities
December 16, 2014
After spending four years in prison, both were exonerated by an appeals court in 2011.Amanda Knox: A Mother’s Obsession
November 26, 2014
The hitch was that the genetic profile has to be removed from the database if the person is exonerated.The Math That Keeps Helping College Rapists
October 3, 2014
McCollum learned the truth only after nearly 30 years, as a result of the same DNA test that exonerated both brothers.How the North Carolina GOP Made a Wrongfully Convicted Man a Death Row Scapegoat
September 4, 2014
And at the same time, while I was developing that, I did a play called The Exonerated.Tony Goldwyn Tackles Political Scandal Again on ‘The Divide’
July 16, 2014
It was a trick of the trade, which exonerated him from the necessity of apologizing.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
He saw how baseless his hope had been, and he exonerated her from all blame.A Spoil of Office
Unless you hear from me further you are exonerated from blame.
I am glad that you have exonerated Miss Stevens from all suspicion.
He exonerated the Missionaries from every shadow of blame and from all responsibility.The Story of John G. Paton
- to clear or absolve from blame or a criminal charge
- 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 and History for exonerated
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