[ik-skuhl-puh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]


tending to clear from a charge of fault or guilt.

Origin of exculpatory

First recorded in 1770–80; exculpate + -ory1
Related formsnon·ex·cul·pa·to·ry, adjective
Can be confusedexculpatory inculpatory
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Word Origin and History for exculpatory

1780s, from exculpate + -ory.

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