acquit

[uh-kwit]
verb (used with object), ac·quit·ted, ac·quit·ting.
  1. to relieve from a charge of fault or crime; declare not guilty: They acquitted him of the crime. The jury acquitted her, but I still think she's guilty.
  2. to release or discharge (a person) from an obligation.
  3. to settle or satisfy (a debt, obligation, claim, etc.).
  4. to bear or conduct (oneself); behave: He acquitted himself well in battle.
  5. to free or clear (oneself): He acquitted himself of suspicion.

Origin of acquit

1200–50; Middle English aquiten < Anglo-French, Old French a(c)quiter, derivative, with a(c)- ac-, of quite free of obligations < Medieval Latin quit(t)us, Latin quiētus quiet1; cf. quit1
Related formsac·quit·ter, nounpre·ac·quit, verb (used with object), pre·ac·quit·ted, pre·ac·quit·ting.un·ac·quit·ted, adjective
Can be confusedacquitted innocent nolo contendere (see synonym study at innocent)

Synonyms for acquit

1. exculpate. 2. free.

Synonym study

1. See absolve.

Antonyms for acquit

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Examples from the Web for unacquitted

Historical Examples of unacquitted

  • His unacquitted debt of vengeance on Linton, too, was not forgotten.

    Roland Cashel

    Charles James Lever


British Dictionary definitions for unacquitted

acquit

verb -quits, -quitting or -quitted (tr)
  1. (foll by of)
    1. to free or release (from a charge of crime)
    2. to pronounce not guilty
  2. (foll by of) to free or relieve (from an obligation, duty, responsibility, etc)
  3. to repay or settle (something, such as a debt or obligation)
  4. to perform (one's part); conduct (oneself)
Derived Formsacquitter, noun

Word Origin for acquit

C13: from Old French aquiter, from quiter to release, free from, quit
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Word Origin and History for unacquitted

acquit

v.

early 13c., "to satisfy a debt" (either for oneself or on behalf of another), from Old French aquiter "pay, pay up, settle a claim" (12c.), from à "to" (see ad-) + quite "free, clear" (see quit (adj.)). Meanings "set free from charges" and "to discharge one's duty" both recorded from late 14c. Related: Acquitted; acquitting.

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