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exculpate

[ ek-skuhl-peyt, ik-skuhl-peyt ]
/ 藞蓻k sk蕦l藢pe瑟t, 瑟k藞sk蕦l pe瑟t /
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verb (used with object), ex路cul路pat路ed, ex路cul路pat路ing.
to clear from a charge of guilt or fault; free from blame; vindicate.
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Origin of exculpate

First recorded in 1650鈥60; from Latin exculp膩tus 鈥渇reed from blame,鈥 equivalent to ex- ex-1 + culp膩tus 鈥渂lamed鈥 (past participle of culp膩re; see culpable)

OTHER WORDS FROM exculpate

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH exculpate

exculpate , exonerate, inculpate
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British Dictionary definitions for exculpate

exculpate
/ (藞蓻ksk蕦l藢pe瑟t, 瑟k藞sk蕦lpe瑟t) /

verb
(tr) to free from blame or guilt; vindicate or exonerate

Derived forms of exculpate

exculpable (瑟k藞sk蕦lp蓹bl), adjectiveexculpation, nounexculpatory, adjective

Word Origin for exculpate

C17: from Medieval Latin exculp膩re, from Latin ex- 1 + culp膩re to blame, from culpa fault, blame
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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