Etymology
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exculpate (v.)

"to clear from suspicion of wrong or guilt," 1650s, from Medieval Latin exculpatus, past participle of exculpare, from Latin ex culpa, from ex "out of" (see ex-) + culpa ablative of culpa "blame, fault." Related: Exculpated; exculpating.

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Definitions of exculpate

exculpate (v.)
pronounce not guilty of criminal charges;
Synonyms: acquit / assoil / clear / discharge / exonerate
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