- to clear, as of an accusation; free from guilt or blame; exculpate: He was exonerated from the accusation of cheating.
- to relieve, as from an obligation, duty, or task.
Origin of exonerate
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1. See absolve.
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Related Wordsacquit, vindicate, pardon, dismiss, absolve, exempt, discharge, justify, exculpate, relieve, whitewash, except, free, sanitize, release, liberate, disburden
Examples from the Web for exonerate
Those books might seek to exonerate, but duBois wants to explain.This Week’s Hot Reads: September 23, 2013
September 23, 2013
A new report appears to exonerate Susan Rice for public statements following the Benghazi attack.Michael Tomasky on How John McCain Humiliated Himself on Susan Rice
November 25, 2012
“The Democrat Party will always be here to oppose any attempt” to exonerate Thaksin, he said on national TV.Thailand’s Shaky Revolution
July 4, 2011
Other human studies that seemed to exonerate cellphones are also problematic.Are Cellphones Really a Cancer Risk?
June 1, 2011
This includes a disinformation campaign to exonerate the military by saying it takes orders from plain-clothed state security.Inside Syria's Violent Government Crackdown
The Daily Beast
March 24, 2011
Whether will the evidence preponderate to prove her your wife or to exonerate you?The Daltons, Volume II (of II)
Charles James Lever
"I believe you can exonerate the boy entirely," said the doctor.The Hill
Horace Annesley Vachell
I am sure the explanations it will give will exonerate me for the loss of the ship.True Blue
I cannot exonerate her, but she is at least sorry for her conduct.The Youngest Girl in the Fifth
This man should be glad of the opportunity, by public trial, to exonerate himself from the charges against him.
- to clear or absolve from blame or a criminal charge
- to relieve from an obligation or task; exempt
C16: from Latin exonerāre to free from a burden, from onus a burden
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Word Origin and History for exonerate
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