tending to clear from a charge of fault or guilt.
- non·ex·cul·pa·to·ry, adjective
- exculpatory , inculpatory
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How to use exculpatory in a sentence
Yet despite being repeatedly pressed on camera, he declines to reveal this supposedly exculpatory information.The Israeli Boy Who Says a Green Monster Told Him to Kill His Entire Family | Nick Schager | October 29, 2021 | The Daily Beast
An appellate court determined that prosecutors had not shared possible exculpatory evidence with defense attorneys.Neal M. Sher, leader of Justice Department’s Nazi-hunting unit, dies at 74 | Matt Schudel | October 8, 2021 | Washington Post
Central to the effort are those claims that the election was stolen, a claim that the suit reiterates explicitly as an exculpatory point for Lindell’s assertions about Dominion’s voting machines.Mike Lindell’s ‘fraud’ allegations are even more ridiculous than you might think | Philip Bump | June 4, 2021 | Washington Post
Under questioning from defense attorneys, the police officer who cited Sangha admitted he had not looked for any exculpatory evidence that might be turned over to the defense, according to defense filings.Ruling challenges Va.’s tradition of judges, police officers prosecuting misdemeanor cases | Justin Jouvenal | April 9, 2021 | Washington Post
Assistant County Attorney Brad Kinkade, in his rebuttal, inveighed against the exculpatory value of journalism.Failed prosecution of Iowa reporter was an attack on journalism | Erik Wemple | March 11, 2021 | Washington Post
By the way, more has happened this week on the exculpatory front.
Choose your narrative, get your exculpatory/inculpatory interpretation.Errol Morris’s “A Wilderness of Error” Revisits Jeffrey MacDonald Case | Raymond Bonner | August 30, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Understanding the neurophysiology of the brain, therefore, would seem to be as exculpatory as finding a tumor in it.Is Free Will an Illusion? Sam Harris on His New Book | Sam Harris | March 2, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
He is a convicted killer, but his boyishness is disarming, almost exculpatory.Werner Herzog’s 'Into the Abyss' Explores the Death Penalty | Ben Crair | November 20, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
None of that evidence is dispositive--but it is certainly not exculpatory either.
The queen mother's exculpatory statements may be examined in Le Laboureur, Add.History of the Rise of the Huguenots | Henry Baird
But the justice done to Edgar she gloried in, as an apology for her feelings, and exculpatory of her weakness.Camilla | Fanny Burney
Reflections, indignant or exculpatory, on the conduct of the French in this Business are useless to Friedrich, and to us.History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XV. (of XXI.) | Thomas Carlyle
His business is to be reticent, not exculpatory; to maintain silence, not set up a defence nor yet proclaim the truth.The Girl of the Period and Other Social Essays, Vol. II (of 2) | Eliza Lynn Linton
February 16, 1680, he addressed to the Jesuit General Oliva a long exculpatory letter.A History of the Inquisition of Spain; vol. 4 | Henry Charles Lea