compurgation

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compurgation

noun absolution, acquittal, acquittance, alibi, benefit of doubt, clearance, defeat of the prosscution, defense, dismissal, exculpation, excuse, favorable verdict to the defendant, innocence, just cause, justification, legal defense, liberation, pardon, reprieve, verdict of not guilty, vindication, withdrawal of the charge
See also: acquittal, deposition, justification, pardon, release

compurgation

the medieval procedure by which a person could defend a claim or charge by giving his oath and being supported by compurgators, usually 12 in number. They testified that they believed the person who called them and did not speak to the facts of the case, as is the modern procedure.