acquittal

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n acquittal a judgment of not guilty
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Acquittal (Law) A setting free, or deliverance from the charge of an offense, by verdict of a jury or sentence of a court.
    • Acquittal The act of acquitting; discharge from debt or obligation; acquittance.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n acquittal The act of acquitting, or the state of being acquitted. Specifically, in law: A judicial setting free or deliverance from the charge of an offense by pronouncing a verdict of not guilty.
    • n acquittal Performance, as of a duty; discharge of an obligation or a debt.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Acquittal a judicial discharge from an accusation
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. acquiter—L. ad, to, quietāre, to give rest. See Quit.

Usage

In literature:

There was very great excitement culminating in the girl's acquittal.
"What I Saw in America" by G. K. Chesterton
The average number of acquittals during the last twelve years is twenty-six per cent.
"The Cult of Incompetence" by Emile Faguet
Those pierced in the centre, or black in colour, signified condemnation; those unpierced, or white, signified acquittal.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
Johnson among others gave evidence in his favour at the trial, which resulted in Baretti's acquittal.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
Whilst Lord John was the guest of Mr. Fox at Stable Yard, the subject of Lord Melville's acquittal by the Peers came up for discussion.
"Lord John Russell" by Stuart J. Reid
The acquittal appears to be on the ground of the unconstitutionally of the law.
"Buchanan's Journal of Man, July 1887" by Various
Certainly his very name was sufficient to secure an acquittal.
"The Golden Face" by William Le Queux
But it is clear that an acquittal so obtained cannot be pleaded in bar of the judgment of history.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
If both of these facts could not be proved, the prosecution must fail, and the traverser be entitled to a verdict of acquittal.
"The Trial of Reuben Crandall, M.D. Charged with Publishing and Circulating Seditious and Incendiary Papers, &c. in the District of Columbia, with the Intent of Exciting Servile Insurrection." by Unknown
Could she obtain a triumphant acquittal, through the force of her own integrity, she would greatly exult.
"Madame Roland, Makers of History" by John S. C. Abbott
Everybody loved her, everybody desired her acquittal.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 6 of 8" by Various
When a jury brought in a verdict of acquittal, he shook his head and growled.
"The Third Degree" by Charles Klein and Arthur Hornblow
During the week which followed Sam's acquittal nothing of especial interest occurred.
"Down the Slope" by James Otis
They both, therefore, assured Father John that they were still quite sanguine as to Thady's acquittal.
"The Macdermots of Ballycloran" by Anthony Trollope
The news of his acquittal was received with hearty cheers.
"A Nest of Spies" by Pierre Souvestre
To condemn them after that acquittal was to censure the Council and reflect upon its authority.
"Byzantine Churches in Constantinople" by Alexander Van Millingen
Blake had to leave the army, a ruined man, and I've good reason for knowing what an acquittal like his is worth.
"Blake's Burden" by Harold Bindloss
I will not have its contents divulged, unless I am sure of an honourable acquittal.
"The Pirate and The Three Cutters" by Frederick Marryat
I know that you stole the pig, and my speech had nothing to do in securing your acquittal.
"The Railroad Question" by William Larrabee
At the trial his innocence of the charge was, of course, fully established, and an acquittal was the result.
"A Little Garrison" by Fritz von der Kyrburg
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In poetry:

Poor debtors, by our Lord's request
A full acquittance we receive!
And criminals, with pardon blest,
We, at our Judge's instance, live!
"Hymn XI: God, the Offended God Most High" by Charles Wesley
The Senate, in its ordered state,
Might free — its voice inspired no awe
Acquittal did not liberate —
The Autocrat annulled the law.
"The Beauteous Terrorist" by Sir Henry Parkes

In news:

After sodomy acquittal , Malaysia's Anwar pressing for power.
Acquittal in Hoquiam dead weasel assault.
Nancy Grace on Amanda Knox acquittal : 'A miscarriage of justice.
Television personality Nancy Grace believes the Monday acquittal of Amanda Knox was a mistake.
Prosecutor Giuliano Mignini expressed disbelief at the verdict and said he will appeal to Italy's highest criminal court after receiving the reasoning behind the acquittals , due within 90 days.
One year since Amanda Knox's acquittal .
A Supreme Judicial Court report found a nearly 100 percent acquittal rate on drunken driving cases before some judges.
Clemens acquittal latest blow for sports cases.
Most Americans identify Johnnie L Cochran 's career with the Dream Team, the legal team that won the acquittal of O.J.
Jurors deadlocked 8-4 in favor of acquittal on Monday, forcing a mistrial.
Twenty years ago, the acquittal of the LAPD officers charged in the Rodney King beating inflamed a community bitter over the 1991 shooting death of an African American teenager, Latasha Harlins, by a Korean store owner.
Gotovina's acquittal vindicates right of nationhood.
Political tensions spill over to soccer in Serbia and Croatia following UN court acquittal.
Croatian generals Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markac arrived home to a hero's welcome in Zagreb after their acquittal by a UN war crimes court on Friday (November 16).
The attorney won an acquittal for Peggy McMartin Buckey in the infamous child molestation trial.
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