from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To clear of guilt or blame.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To clear of or to free from guilt; exonerate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To clear from alleged fault or guilt; to prove to be guiltless; to relieve of blame; to acquit.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To clear from a charge or imputation of fault or guilt; vindicate from an accusation of wrong-doing.
- Serve to relieve of or free from blame; serve as an excuse for.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. pronounce not guilty of criminal charges
Medieval Latin exculpāre, exculpāt- : Latin ex-, ex- + Latin culpa, guilt.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin ex culpa (ex ("from") + culpa ("blame")) + a Latinate ending. (Wiktionary)