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Exculpate \Ex*cul"pate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Exculpated, p. pr. & vb. n.. Exculpating (?).] [L. ex out + culpatus, p. p. of culpare to find fault with, to blame, culpa fault. See Culpable.] To clear from alleged fault or guilt; to prove to be guiltless; to relieve of blame; to acquit.

He exculpated himself from being the author of the heroic epistle.

I exculpate him further for his writing against me.

Syn: To exonerate; absolve; clear; acquit; excuse; vindicate; justify.


vb. (present participle of exculpate English)

Usage examples of "exculpating".

With the warmth and candour of youth, she sought an explanation of this change of behaviour, and an opportunity of exculpating herself from any intention of provoking it.

The quickest way to provoke that state was to permit no contact, no discussion, no exculpating explanations aimed at enlisting the subject to get the offender off the hook.