exonerate | exoneration

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clear from accusation or blame

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exonerate - clear

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To ‘exonerate’ somebody means to show or state that they are not guilty of something. This formal word implies a complete clearance of any wrongdoing, so it is generally always applied in a positive context. Most commonly used in relation to proceedings in a court of law.

Synonyms exculpate,assoil,vindicate
Antonyms arraign

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  1. The lawyer stated his belief that the evidence gathered on behalf of the defendant will be more than enough to exonerate him.

  2. After a lengthy internal investigation, I was totally exonerated of any blame for the missing money.

  3. Despite Karl’s total exoneration, the high profile nature of the court case means that his name will forever be associated with the crime.

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