Exonerate definition

ĭg-zŏnə-rāt
To free from a responsibility, obligation, or task.
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To free from blame.
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To free from a charge or the imputation of guilt; declare or prove blameless; exculpate.
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To relieve of (a duty, obligation, etc.)
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Exonerate is defined as to relieve someone of a duty, or prove innocent.

An example of exonerate is a manager giving an employee the night off.

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To clear of guilt or responsibility, particularly to establish the innocence of a prisoner on death row. See also exculpate.
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(now rare) To relieve (someone or something) of a load; to unburden (a load).
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To free from an obligation, responsibility or task.
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To free from accusation or blame.
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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