- to clear from a charge of guilt or fault; free from blame; vindicate.
Origin of exculpate
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- (tr) to free from blame or guilt; vindicate or exonerate
C17: from Medieval Latin exculpāre, from Latin ex- 1 + culpāre to blame, from culpa fault, blame
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Word Origin and History for exculpable
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.
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