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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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Because Section 141(e) of the DGCL encourages directors to rely on advice from experts, the court held there are "sound reasons" why the legislature might wish to exculpate directors, but not experts advising the board.
One theory regarding why many people are sanguine about the use of the insanity plea to exculpate felons is that only a tiny number of citizens directly are affected by such miscarriages of justice.
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.
No details were given regarding the expected substance of their testimony or how it would exculpate Defendant.
Thrusting the primary blame on his parents exculpates George's conduct, which was not untypical of the family; but it must also be said that he took full advantage of his great opportunities for self-indulgence and that his actions had more public consequence than those of his siblings, save only his successor William IV and Ernest, who became King of Hanover in 1837.
Our culture has forgotten so many things or, perhaps, remembered them in a way that distorts and exculpates.
Furthermore, it exculpates conventional notions of masculinity by figuring men as natural sexual predators.
This rare biography restores him to his humanity and exculpates him for failing to achieve the impossible.
He neither blames nor exculpates an all-powerful God for the vast amount of suffering in the world.
Screech exculpates Marot from any participation in the Affair of the Placards; the poet himself attributed the deed to "certain madmen [who] did the vilest things .