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Acquit

To set free, release or discharge as from an obligation, burden or accusation. To absolve one from an obligation or a liability; or to legally certify the innocence of one charged with a crime.

acquit

v. what a jury or judge sitting without a jury does at the end of a criminal trial if the jury or judge finds the accused defendant not guilty. (See: verdict)

acquit

verb absolve, absolvere, clear, declare innocent, discharge, discharge from accusation, excuse, exempt, exonerate, find not guilty, give a favorable verdict, grant remission, let off, liberare, liberate, make free, pardon, pronounce not guilty, prove innocent, purgare, release, remit, reprieve, set at liberty, set free
Associated concepts: acquittal in fact, acquittal in law
See also: absolve, clear, comport, demean, deport, discharge, exculpate, excuse, exonerate, extenuate, forgive, free, liberate, palliate, pardon, pay, purge, quit, remit, remunerate, vindicate

acquit

see AQUITTAL.
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