(Latin: blame; responsible for wrong or error)
2. To pronounce not guilty of criminal charges.
The prefix ex- means "out of" or "away from" and from the Latin noun culpa, meaning "blame"; so, exculpate means "to clear from guilt". A legal term used in the sense of "excuse" or "justification".
2. A defense of some offensive behavior or some failure to keep a promise, etc.
2. Clearing or tending to clear someone from an alleged legal fault or guilt; excusing.
3. Applied to evidence which may justify or excuse an accused defendant's actions and which will tend to show the defendant is not guilty or has no criminal intent.
4. Etymology: from Middle Latin exculpatus, past particple of exculpare, from Latin ex culpa, from ex-, "from" + culpa, "blame".
Something exculpatory frees a person from accusations; in other words, exculpatory evidence helps to prove that an accused individual is not guilty.
2. A provision in a document which protects a party from liability arising, in the main, from negligence; such a clause is common in leases, contracts, and trusts.
2. Not subject to blame; blameless.
2. Blamelessness; faultlessness.
2. To involve in a charge; to incriminate.
2. Blame; censure; incrimination.
3. An accusation that someone is responsible for some lapse or misdeed.
2. Causing blame to be imputed to.
2. Etymology: Latin, literally, "I am to blame", a phrase from the prayer of confession in the Latin liturgy; mea, "my, mine" and culpa, "fault".
A legal verdict exonerating a person who has been on trial.