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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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It is a narrative that exculpates, as in Tolstoy's late works that seek to chart a movement from immoral living to religious conversion (Confession, "Father Sergius," Resurrection).
Circuit listed as critical factors the materiality of the testimony and the unavailability of the witness to testify at trial and also noted that there is 'typically some showing, beyond unsubstantiated speculation, that the evidence exculpates the defendant.
The former President also used the Promax platform to exculpate his candidate wife, Hillary, from the accusation now haunting her that she approved of the war in Iraq.
Early in the investigation, his attorney received two separate anonymous letters attempting to exculpate the husband.
According to Reuters, the airline stated that the investigation could have been 'tailored to exculpate the civil aviation agency that issued the report'.
Each of these groups often sought to exculpate itself at the cost of inculpating the other.
In a final chapter, Wachsmann recounts the often successful efforts of implicated prison and judicial personnel to exculpate themselves after the war, and uncovers the apathy and prejudice of the West German authorities charged after 1945 with assigning responsibility for the mishandling and extermination of prisoners.
The act also provides $775 million to clear a massive backlog of 350,000 samples, which could help to identify guilty rapists and exculpate innocents accused of their crimes; provides money for better representation for indigent defendants in capital cases; and raises the cap on damage awards for the unjustly imprisoned from $5,000 to $50,000 in most cases and $100,000 in capital cases.
Censuring German historians, especially Ernst Nolte, for their attempts to exculpate the Wehrmacht, Bartov claims these actions made it the only modern military body to accept genocide as official policy.
Despite the title of the film, Morris does not buy the idea that complexities, confusions, and uncertainties of war exculpate the individuals who make the decisions.
They also claim that aside from trying to exculpate herself, Martha also designed her alibi to prop up the stock price of her company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, since her being packed off to jail would almost certainly damage the firm severely.
They also assert that Sorkin provided truthful information to investigators and did not say anything that would exculpate Grass or other executives regarding the contracts.