- The definition of acquit is to clear a person of a charge of wrongdoing.
An example of acquit is to find a person not guilty of a crime in court.
- Acquit is defined as how someone behaves in a difficult situation.
When a person loses their house and their job, but still manage to keep their head up it is an example of knowing how to acquit himself under great pressure.
- Acquit means to be done paying a debt or fulfilling an obligation.
An example of acquit is to have paid off a loan.
acquit definition by Webster's New World
- to release from a duty, obligation, etc.
- to clear (a person) of a charge, as by declaring him not guilty; exonerate
- to bear or conduct (oneself); behave
- Archaic to pay (a debt or claim)
Origin: Middle English aquiten ; from Old French aquiter, to free ; from Midieval Latin acquitare, to settle a claim ; from Classical Latin ad-, to plush quietare: see quiet
- acquitter noun
acquit definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb ac·quit·ted, ac·quit·ting, ac·quits
- Law To free or clear from a charge or accusation.
- To release or discharge from a duty.
- To conduct (oneself) in a specified manner: acquitted herself well during the interview.
- Obsolete To repay.
Origin: Middle English aquiten, from Old French aquiter : a-, to (from Latin ad-; see ad-) + quite, free, clear (from Medieval Latin quittus, variant of Latin quiētus, past participle of quiēscere, to rest; see kweiə- in Indo-European roots).
- ac·quitˈter noun
acquit - Legal Definition
- In criminal law, to clear a person, to release or set him free, or to discharge him from an accusation of committing a criminal offense after a judicial finding that he is not guilty of the crime or after the court or prosecution determines that the case should not continue after the criminal trial has started. See also autrefois acquit and double jeopardy.
- In contract law, to pay or discharge a debt, duty, or a claim.