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  • n. The act of exculpating from alleged fault or crime; that which exculpates; excuse.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of exculpating from alleged fault or crime; that which exculpates; excuse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of exculpating or of exonerating from a charge of fault or crime; vindication.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a defense of some offensive behavior or some failure to keep a promise etc.
  • n. the act of freeing from guilt or blame


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  • But where is the plea which we can hand down to a candid posterity in exculpation, wholly or partially, of the parricidal act which has robbed the American nation of a father, every American citizen of a friend, factious parties of their most generous judge, a relentless enemy of their best protector, and the whole world of an HONEST MAN?

    The Great Funeral Oration on Abraham Lincoln

  • Sir Hugh, with entreaties that he would write a few lines to Mrs. Tyrold, in exculpation of her sorrowing daughter.

    Camilla: or, A Picture of Youth

  • 'For what belongs to that correspondence, and even for its being unknown to my friends, I may offer, perhaps, hereafter, something in exculpation; ... hereafter, I say, building upon your long family regard; for though we part ... it will be, I trust, in amity.'

    Camilla: or, A Picture of Youth

  • And while that might, regrettably, remain a statement of fact about an imperfect world - it shouldn't in any way take on the colour of an exculpation, which is what the current law gives it.

    The Independent - Frontpage RSS Feed

  • While the author admits these flaws in varying measure, at some point, her self-deprecating accounts of her romps seem more like gimmicky braggadocio rather than self-reflective criticism much less exculpation for region-wide offenses.

    C. Christine Fair: Baffled by The Taliban Shuffle

  • Prof. HAYES: Once we turned de-Nazification over to the Germans at the end of 1946, then very largely this process became one of mutual exculpation.

    Probe Details Culpability Of Nazi-Era Diplomats

  • "Aren't you reassured by this (e.g. the EFSA exculpation of BPA)," she sneered.

    Jon Entine: With the European Union and a Slew of New Studies Reaffirming the Safety of BPA, At What Point Will the Science Prevail?

  • But Sir, the following I absolutely disclaim, without endeavouring to offer one word more that might sound like exculpation.

    Letter 62

  • And there's a piece of pure Redgrave poetry when, learning that her accusation that Hoke has pinched a tin of salmon is totally groundless, she scoops up a trashcan with a fluid balletic movement as if to suggest that her airy insouciance could act as a form of exculpation.

    Driving Miss Daisy – review

  •   Without fail I would find myself overcome with exculpation, every sin, every stain on my soul, forgiven.



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  • 'This is a high price to pay for exculpation, in its way the ultimate statement of the modernist impulse to discredit the witness of the mind'. The Absence of Mind by Marilynne Robinson 2010.

    April 20, 2013