Exonerate Definition

exonerated, exonerates, exonerating
exonerated, exonerates, exonerating
To free from blame.
American Heritage
To relieve of (a duty, obligation, etc.)
Webster's New World
To free from a charge or the imputation of guilt; declare or prove blameless; exculpate.
Webster's New World

To clear of guilt or responsibility, particularly to establish the innocence of a prisoner on death row. See also exculpate.

Webster's New World Law

(now rare) To relieve (someone or something) of a load; to unburden (a load).


Origin of Exonerate

  • Middle English exoneraten from Latin exonerāre exonerāt- to free from a burden ex- ex- onus oner- burden

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From the participle stem of Latin exonerāre.

    From Wiktionary

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