- The definition of acquittal is the legal act of dismissing charges brought against someone.
An example of acquittal is when charges against a person are dropped because there is not enough evidence to convict him.
acquittal definition by Webster's New World
- an acquitting; discharge (of duty, obligation, etc.)
- Law a setting free or being set free by judgment of the court
Origin: Middle English aquital ; from Anglo-French aquitaille: see acquit
acquittal definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Judgment, as by a jury or judge, that a defendant is not guilty of a crime as charged.
- The state of being found or proved not guilty.
acquittal - Cultural Definition
The judgment of a court that a person charged with a crime is not guilty.
acquittal - Legal Definition
- In criminal law, the legal finding, by judge or jury, that an accused person is not guilty of the crime he is charged with. Once the acquittal is reached, the defendant may not be prosecuted again for the same criminal act or transaction.
- In contract law, the release or discharge from a debt or other contractual obligation.