exonerate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v exonerate pronounce not guilty of criminal charges "The suspect was cleared of the murder charges"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Exonerate To discharge from duty or obligation, as a bail.
    • Exonerate To relieve, in a moral sense, as of a charge, obligation, or load of blame resting on one; to clear of something that lies upon oppresses one, as an accusation or imputation; as, to exonerate one's self from blame, or from the charge of avarice.
    • Exonerate To unload; to disburden; to discharge. "All exonerate themselves into one common duct."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • exonerate To unload; disburden.
    • exonerate To ease (one's self) at stool.
    • exonerate To relieve, as of a charge or of blame resting on one; clear of something that lies upon the character as an imputation: as, to exonerate one from blame, or from an accusation of crime.
    • exonerate To relieve of, as an obligation, debt, or duty; discharge of responsibility or liability: as, a bail exonerates himself by producing his principal in court.
    • exonerate Synonyms To exculpate, absolve, acquit, justify, vindicate.
    • exonerate Exonerated; freed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Exonerate egz-on′ėr-āt to free from the burden of blame or obligation: to acquit
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. exoneratus, p. p. of exonerare, to free from a burden; ex, out, from onerare, to load, onus, load. See Onerous
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. exonerāre, -ātumex, from, onus, oneris, burden.

Usage

In literature:

And what could Shakib do to exonerate his friend?
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
In their report to the legislature they completely exonerated the company's managers.
"The Railroad Question" by William Larrabee
If she meant to enter on the task of exonerating Jeffrey, she must, she knew, make herself impervious to snubs.
"The Prisoner" by Alice Brown
The evidence given before the coroner's jury was such as to abundantly exonerate Burwell from all shadow of guilt.
"Masterpieces of Mystery" by Various
A radio-image of that flashed to Hanley's office will exonerate us of suspicion.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, October, 1930" by Various
And now, without knowing it, Leslie Cloud had taken the one way to put the whole matter into the right hands and to exonerate herself.
"Cloudy Jewel" by Grace Livingston Hill
He helped her there, knowing, in his guile, that to exonerate Tante was to help not only Karen but himself.
"Tante" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
What astonished me the most was, that the bride's parents exonerated him from all blame.
"Our Moslem Sisters" by Annie Van Sommer
But the lady must be exonerated.
"Reminiscences of Charles Bradlaugh" by George W. Foote
A committee of Congress completely exonerated him.
"The Land of the Miamis" by Elmore Barce
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In poetry:

Heart-broken Margaret! whose fate
Was sadder yet than his who won
Her hand--my brother Hamilton--
Or mine, who learned to know too late;
Who learned to know, when all was done,
And nothing could exonerate.
"The Brothers" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Cop Exonerated In Hospital Arrest.
"This is by far the second-best day of my life — May 24, my day of exoneration , and today," Banks said Thursday after getting a tryout with the Seattle Seahawks.
"Ever since May 24th, the day of my exoneration , this has been the 'S' on my chest," Banks said.
HS Student Accused of Rape is Exonerated 10 Years Later, May Get Chance in NFL.
Upon his release from prison and before his exoneration last week, Banks had trouble finding work because he had to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet, was a registered sex offender and had a felony record.
The project reviews about 2,000 claims from inmates each year and has earned the exoneration of nine wrongfully convicted clients since it started in 1999.
Man Exonerated Of Rape Contacted By Six NFL Teams In Two Days.
One week after being exonerated on a rape conviction that sent him to prison for five years, former California high school star Brian Banks is gearing up for workouts with as many as four NFL teams.
Now that Brian Banks has been exonerated of a rape conviction that put him in prison for five years, the one-time prep football star has a message for NFL coaches: Give him a chance.
Former top Calif football prospect exonerated .
LONG BEACH, Calif – Now that Brian Banks has been exonerated of a rape conviction that put him in prison for five years, the one-time prep football star has a message for NFL coaches: Give him a chance.
Onetime top Calif football prospect exonerated after serving 5 years on rape charge.
Man exonerated of 1978 rape.
The Virginia Supreme Court has exonerated a James City County man wrongfully convicted of a 1978 rape.
2,000 convicted then exonerated in 23 years.
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In science:

This is explained by the fact that tests with negative outcomes are generally more informative; while a truly positive test merely indicates that at least one defective is present in the pool, a truly negative test exonerates all the members pooled in that test.
Boolean Compressed Sensing and Noisy Group Testing
Every day it helps convict the guilty, exonerate the innocent, and reveal the subtleties of real world situations that interested parties may try to hide in biased, oversimplified verbal accounts of what happened.
Improvements to time bracketed authentication
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