American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Judgment, as by a jury or judge, that a defendant is not guilty of a crime as charged.
- n. The state of being found or proved not guilty.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of acquitting, or the state of being acquitted. Specifically, in law: A judicial setting free or deliverance from the charge of an offense by pronouncing a verdict of not guilty.
- n. Performance, as of a duty; discharge of an obligation or a debt.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of acquitting; discharge from debt or obligation; acquittance.
- n. (Law) A setting free, or deliverance from the charge of an offense, by verdict of a jury or sentence of a court.
- n. a judgment of not guilty
- From acquit + -al. (Wiktionary)
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