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exculpate

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Definition clear of guilt or blame
  • She thinks the evidence will exculpate her client.
exculpate = clear of guilt or blame
  • It is my sincere hope that this book does not come across as self-congratulatory or self-exculpatory.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • exculpatory = clearing of guilt or blame
  • This is the matter, gentlemen; answer and exculpate yourselves, for I stand here to accuse you.
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  Twenty Years After
  • Mr Verloc tried to exculpate himself huskily.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  The Secret Agent
  • He did not, however, endeavour to exculpate himself; but took a method which almost equally confounded me.
    Fielding, Henry  --  The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling
  • He's investigating something new on the case'possibly something exculpatory.'
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • And how was he to exculpate her entirely?
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • But it was the truth as he knew the truth, infinitely more exculpatory after his death than before it.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • "I fail to see what that has to do with this triar "It may exculpate Mr. Dillard's client," Baker said.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • He did not, however, endeavour to exculpate himself; but took a method which almost equally confounded me.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Tess's voice throughout had hardly risen higher than its opening tone; there had been no exculpatory phrase of any kind, and she had not wept.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  • The only exculpatory aspect of my crimes is that I was caught and so many others were not and are not.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • The quickest way to provoke that state was to permit no contact, no discussion, no exculpating explanations aimed at enlisting the subject to get the offender off the hook.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • He took Withers, the trader, into his confidence, and they planned a story, which Withers was to carry to Stonebridge, that would exculpate Fay and Shefford of anything more serious than flight.
    Zane Grey  --  The Rainbow Trail
  • Two months passed away in hopeless expectation on my part, while I must do the magistrate the justice to say that he used every means to obtain information of the person I declared could exculpate me if he would.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • These police put Walter on death row while he was a pretrial detainee; I feared that they would not scrupulously follow the legal requirement to turn over all exculpatory evidence that could help him prove his innocence.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • I would allow myself to suffer under the greatest imputations which evil-minded men might suggest, rather than exculpate myself, and thereby run the hazard of closing the slightest avenue by which a brother slave might clear himself of the chains and fetters of slavery.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • Gurth, knowing his master's irritable temper, attempted no exculpation; but the Jester, who could presume upon Cedric's tolerance, by virtue of his privileges as a fool, replied for them both; "In troth, uncle Cedric, you are neither wise nor reasonable to-night."
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • A thousand times rather would I have confessed myself guilty of the crime ascribed to Justine, but I was absent when it was committed, and such a declaration would have been considered as the ravings of a madman and would not have exculpated her who suffered through me.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • The long afternoons she spent browsing through dictionary and thesaurus made for constructions that were inept, but hauntingly so: the coins a villain concealed in his pocket were "esoteric," a hoodlum caught stealing a car wept in "shameless auto-exculpation," the heroine on her thoroughbred stallion made a "cursory" journey through the night, the king's furrowed brow was the "hieroglyph" of his displeasure.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)

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