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To clear or excuse from guilt.

An individual who uses the excuse of justification to explain the lawful reason for his or her action might be exculpated from a criminal charge. Exculpatory evidence is evidence that works to clear an individual from fault.


verb absolve, absolve of fault, absolve of wrongdoing, acquit, clear, clear from a charge, clear from alleged guilt, clear from imputation of fault, declare guilttess, declare not guilty, dismiss, excusare, excuse, free, free from blame, give absolution to, justify, pardon, prove guiltless, prove not guilty, set free, vindicate, vindicate from unjust reproach
Associated concepts: exculpatory clause, exculpatory eviience, exculpatory statement, mitigation of damages
See also: absolve, acquit, clear, discharge, excuse, exonerate, extenuate, forgive, free, justify, liberate, palliate, purge, release, remit, vindicate
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Before turning to the merits of the sale process, the court considered whether Rural Metro's exculpatory charter provision --modeled after Section 102(b)(7) of the DGCL, which exculpates directors from liability for breaches of the fiduciary duty of care--precludes liability for aiding and abetting a breach of fiduciary duty.
(204), and Weir attempts such a reading in his analysis of "Father Sergius." With its famous depiction of self-mutilation and a hero who "defines himself negatively, as a kind of absence" (212), "Father Sergius" presents an ideal narrative of alibi, both as a text which exculpates both hero and author (in its depiction of the overcoming of immoral living) and as a work whose central function is to mediate on a meaningful absence: in Sergius's case, the desire for the absence of desire, which is revealed as the ultimate resolution of Tolstoy's romantic narratives in accordance with the new "communicative goal of Tolstoy's aesthetics" (214) that leads to a shared relationship with God.
On the other hand, the persistent inability of Germans to perceive victimhood outside of themselves has elicited hostile reactions to the book--but less so among the current generation of university students who often resent the German professoriat's traditional attempts to exculpate Germans from Hitler's crime.
This language does not "exculpate" the auditor from his or her professional responsibility.
He sets out the tenets of each of the competing critical approaches (deftly constructing his summaries around a web of illustrative quotations, he lets the contestants exculpate or condemn themselves), and then proceeds to assess, where possible reconcile, and where necessary judge.
The fact that he recited poetry and wore his shirt collar upturned seemed to exculpate his rash challenges and crowd confrontations.
Moreover his powers of understanding had their limits (he was no Boswell), and in his anxiety to exculpate his master he often went too far.
The medical profession uses the word `commitment' in regard to sexual activity with all the studied vagueness necessary to allow and, where possible, to exculpate all possible sexual sins.
* a belief that because the activity or decision appears to help the organization, the organization would condone it and even exculpate the person who engages in the behavior; and
When a statement against penal interest is offered to exculpate the accused, it "is not admissible unless corroborating circumstances clearly indicate the trustworthiness of the statement." Thus, the rule itself is silent regarding the admissibility of collateral statements included in a self-incriminating discourse.
Even supposing it had, however, does the behavior of a few individual Jews in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago morally exculpate Christians who ever since have blamed all Jews, everywhere and for all time, for deicide?
They are inclined to exculpate his adultery and emphasise his religious commitment, though where Dr Goodman sees him as a devotee of Philippe de Meziere's Catholic crusade against the Turks, Mrs de Silva Vigier hails him as a proto Protestant, of a mind with John Wyclif.