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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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If you decide to remain (as I think you do), remember, Miss Haredale, that I left you with a solemn caution, and acquitting myself of all the consequences to which you expose yourself.
But here he was, cutting and slashing with two experienced swordsman, thrusting, and guarding, and poking, and slicing, and acquitting himself in the most manful and dexterous manner possible, although up to that time he had never been aware that he had the least notion of the science.
An accountability court has awarded eight-years sentence and imposed fine to the accused Sadaqat Saeed Malik/appellant for causing grave losses to the OGDCL by supplying defective machinery/material while acquitting the remaining accused in a reference filed in 2000.
CAIRO, June 4 (KUNA) -- Egypt's court of cassation on Thursday turned down a verdict by the criminal court acquitting the former president Hosni Mubarak of charges of premeditated murder of protestors, ruling a re-trial must be held.
PESHAWAR -- Accountability Court Peshawar has issued the directives of acquitting the brother of former Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Amir Haider Khan Hoti and his accomplice under section 265 (K) and plea bargaining respectively with National Accountability Bureau KP in arms scam.
The detention of he accused despite the court of law acquitting them amounts to illegal detention, the petition pointed out.
It would be extremely hazardous to place implicit reliance upon such testimonies of ( prosecution witnesses) suffering from material contradiction, severe infirmities and inherent improbabilities going to the root of the matter to check and shake basic version and core of the prosecution case," the court said, acquitting all accused on the ' benefit of doubt.
The jury was on the verge of acquitting him on all counts, but the foreman told New Hampshire Business Review shortly after the trial that he was the only holdout at one point because he favored a conviction.