verb (used with object), ex·on·er·at·ed, ex·on·er·at·ing.
Origin of exonerate
Examples from the Web for exoneration
Lykos recommended an exoneration and a judge accepted, clearing the way for Rodriguez to collect his compensation.
Mollohan portrayed the end of the inquiry as an exoneration and is seeking his 15th term in the House in the November elections.
An official investigation, held at his demand, resulted in his exoneration.Myths of the Cherokee|James Mooney
“It was not her fault that it had not turned out better,” he said; and he did not seem to hear her exoneration of Rosamond.The Three Brides|Charlotte M. Yonge
These misericords were exoneration from duties granted by the Abbots to the monks.Nineteen Centuries of Drink in England|Richard Valpy French
And as for exoneration—I dont agree with you, and Adrienne doesnt agree.Adrienne Toner|Anne Douglas Sedgwick
None of our excuses can be made persuasive enough for exoneration.Pieces of Hate|Heywood Broun
British Dictionary definitions for exoneration
Word Origin for exonerate
Word Origin and History for exoneration (1 of 2)
1630s, from Latin exonerationem (nominative exoneratio) "an unloading, lightening," noun of action from past participle stem of exonerare (see exonerate).