What does exonerate mean?

Definitions for exonerateɪgˈzɒn əˌreɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word exonerate.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. acquit, assoil, clear, discharge, exonerate, exculpate(verb)

    pronounce not guilty of criminal charges

    "The suspect was cleared of the murder charges"


  1. exonerate(Verb)

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

  2. exonerate(Verb)

    Of a body of water, to discharge (oneself), empty oneself.

  3. exonerate(Verb)

    To free from an obligation, responsibility or task.

  4. exonerate(Verb)

    To free from accusation or blame.

  5. Origin: From the participle stem of exonerare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Exonerate(verb)

    to unload; to disburden; to discharge

  2. Exonerate(verb)

    to relieve, in a moral sense, as of a charge, obligation, or load of blame resting on one; to clear of something that lies upon oppresses one, as an accusation or imputation; as, to exonerate one's self from blame, or from the charge of avarice

  3. Exonerate(verb)

    to discharge from duty or obligation, as a ball

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Exonerate

    egz-on′ėr-āt, v.t. to free from the burden of blame or obligation: to acquit.—n. Exonerā′tion, act of exonerating or freeing from a charge or blame.—adj. Exon′erative, freeing from a burden or obligation. [L. exonerāre, -ātumex, from, onus, oneris, burden.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of exonerate in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of exonerate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. District Attorney Jackie Lacey:

    Whenever we receive new credible information that may exonerate a person, the responsibility is on us, as prosecutors, to re-examine the facts and, if appropriate, to seek to vacate a wrongful conviction.

  2. Liberty Institute attorney Michael Berry:

    We believe the Navy will exonerate Chaplain Chaplain Modder and restore Chaplain Modder to continue Chaplain Modder true calling of ministering to sailors and Marines as Chaplain Modder has done for the past 15 years.

  3. Sheikh Ashraf Saad:

    But we can't exonerate the West for its insulting of the prophet. I'm not justifying what happened, but these are causes, just as we condemn extremists, we must also condemn these freedoms that have reached the point of insulting the prophet.

  4. District Attorney Jackie Lacey:

    In a few instances, new evidence is discovered and, on rare occasions, mistakes are found, whenever we receive new credible information that may exonerate a person, the responsibility is on us, as prosecutors, to re-examine the facts and, if appropriate, to seek to vacate a wrongful conviction.

  5. Hector Villagra:

    Body cameras won't solve every problem in policing. But having video of police officers' interactions with the public will help hold officers' accountable for misconduct, quickly exonerate officers who are wrongly accused, and help the public understand the powers we give police and how they use them.

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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • оправдавам, освобождавам от задължениеBulgarian
  • ospravedlnitCzech
  • befreien, lossprechen, erleichtern, entbinden, ausleeren, freisprechen, entleeren, entlasten, abfließen, abnehmenGerman
  • exculpar, exonerarSpanish
  • ontheffen, vrijsprekenDutch
  • освобождать, оправдать, разгрузить, опустошаться, освободить, оправдывать, разгружать, опустошитьсяRussian
  • frikänna, rentvåSwedish
  • ปลดเปลื้องภาระThai
  • 开脱Chinese

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