- to clear from a charge of guilt or fault; free from blame; vindicate.
Origin of exculpate
Examples from the Web for exculpate
Ossipon tried to exculpate the lukewarmness of his past conduct.The Secret Agent
The McMurrough cried, breathlessly eager to exculpate himself.The Wild Geese
Stanley John Weyman
I have made many inquiries about this affair, and they all tend to exculpate you.Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume I (of II)
Charles James Lever
She showed increasing irritation at his attempt to exculpate her.Nan of Music Mountain
Frank H. Spearman
But I wish not to exculpate myself where I feel I have been to blame.Albert Gallatin
John Austin Stevens
- (tr) to free from blame or guilt; vindicate or exonerate
Word Origin and History for 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.