[ ik-skuhl-puh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ ɪkˈskʌl pəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i /


tending to clear from a charge of fault or guilt.

Origin of exculpatory

First recorded in 1770–80; exculpate + -ory1

Related forms

non·ex·cul·pa·to·ry, adjective

Can be confused

exculpatory inculpatory
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