- 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.
- an acquitting; discharge (of duty, obligation, etc.)
- Law a setting free or being set free by judgment of the court
Origin of acquittalMiddle English aquital ; from Anglo-French aquitaille: see acquit
- 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.
- (now rare) The act of fulfilling the duties (of a given role, obligation etc.). [from 15th c.]
- (law) A legal decision that someone is not guilty with which they have been charged, or the formal dismissal of a charge by some other legal process. [from 15th c.]
- Payment of a debt or other obligation; reparations, amends. [from 15th c.]
- (now historical) The act of releasing someone from debt or other obligation; acquittance. [from 15th c.]
- (rare) Avoidance of danger; deliverance. [from 17th c.]
From acquit + -al.
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.