- 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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Examples from the Web for exoneration
Lykos recommended an exoneration and a judge accepted, clearing the way for Rodriguez to collect his compensation.Pat Lykos: Texas' Capital Punishment Avenger
April 4, 2011
Mollohan portrayed the end of the inquiry as an exoneration and is seeking his 15th term in the House in the November elections.Holder's Next Headache
March 15, 2010
Exoneration of landlords for conditions at Greenwood's Rancho.The Shirley Letters from California Mines in 1851-52
Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe
And as for exoneration—I dont agree with you, and Adrienne doesnt agree.Adrienne Toner
Anne Douglas Sedgwick
There is neither judgment nor exoneration, but merely narration.Plays--First Series
An official investigation, held at his demand, resulted in his exoneration.Myths of the Cherokee
I'll find this Indian eldorado and your grandfather's exoneration at the same time.Ande Trembath
Matthew Stanley Kemp
- to clear or absolve from blame or a criminal charge
- to relieve from an obligation or task; exempt
Word Origin and History for exoneration
1630s, from Latin exonerationem (nominative exoneratio) "an unloading, lightening," noun of action from past participle stem of exonerare (see exonerate).