[ uh-kwit-l ]
/ əˈkwɪt l /


the act of acquitting; discharge.
the state of being acquitted; release.
the discharge or settlement of a debt, obligation, etc.
Law. judicial deliverance from a criminal charge on a verdict or finding of not guilty.

Origin of acquittal

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


non·ac·quit·tal, nounpre·ac·quit·tal, nounpro·ac·quit·tal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for acquittal

/ (əˈkwɪtəl) /


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
a discharge or release from an obligation, duty, debt, etc
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Cultural definitions for acquittal


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

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