from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To free from blame.
- transitive v. To free from a responsibility, obligation, or task.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To relieve (someone or something) of a load; to unburden (a load).
- v. Of a body of water, to discharge (oneself), empty oneself.
- v. To free from an obligation, responsibility or task.
- v. To free from accusation or blame.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To unload; to disburden; to discharge.
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. To discharge from duty or obligation, as a bail.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To unload; disburden.
- To ease (one's self) at stool.
- To relieve, as of a charge or of blame resting on one; clear of something that lies upon the character as an imputation: as, to exonerate one from blame, or from an accusation of crime.
- To relieve of, as an obligation, debt, or duty; discharge of responsibility or liability: as, a bail exonerates himself by producing his principal in court.
- Synonyms To exculpate, absolve, acquit, justify, vindicate.
- Exonerated; freed.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. pronounce not guilty of criminal charges
Middle English exoneraten, from Latin exonerāre, exonerāt-, to free from a burden : ex-, ex- + onus, oner-, burden.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the participle stem of Latin exonerāre. (Wiktionary)