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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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During his first trial, jurors voted 8-4 in favor of acquitting Pressley, who admitted on the witness stand that he dug Markowitz's grave, but said he did so because he feared for his life.
Romando's first trial ended in January with a jury acquitting him of first-degree murder, but deadlocked in favor of not guilty on second- degree murder, voluntary manslaughter and auto theft.
Robert Bennett, R-Utah, said he had initially leaned toward acquitting Clinton of perjury but voting to convict him for obstruction of justice.