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. Sergei Lavrov:

    It should be clear in Pyongyang that no one is going to exonerate the DPRK for such escapades.

  2. Ammon Bundy:

    We believe we have enough of this to exonerate the Hammonds, if that is the only thing that is accomplished, then it will be well worth our effort.

  3. Liberty Institute President Kelly Shackelford:

    We always knew that when the facts came to light, the Navy would exonerate Chaplain Modder, religious liberty is our first freedom and essential for our men and women in uniform.

  4. Julia Shearson:

    Instead of retreating behind a wall of silence, they came forward swiftly to unequivocally exonerate Mr. Al Menhali, which is extremely important in restoring Al Menhali dignity and reputation.

  5. 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.

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Translations for exonerate

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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