Exculpate

(redirected from exculpates)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus.

Exculpate

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.

References in periodicals archive ?
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.
If the adoption of a 102(b)(7) provision (or investment in a company that has one) is viewed as a waiver by stockholders of damages caused by directors intended to be covered by such provisions, why should these same stockholders be able to recover damages attributable to the conduct of those they agreed to exculpate? Further, how is it that exculpated defendants can be excluded from the definition of "joint tortfeasors"?
(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.
The antiprelatical tracts exploit this image as an ethical proof, but it is nonetheless startlingly anomalous in its pride, swollen with arrogance, which Fallon exculpates partly on the grounds of Milton's actual talent.
Our culture has forgotten so many things or, perhaps, remembered them in a way that distorts and exculpates. It isn't really "me" doing any of this but vampires, aliens, conspiracies, a weak body but a pure, sweet soul within.
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 .
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.