from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Acting or tending to exculpate.

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  • adj. excusing or clearing of any wrongdoing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Clearing, or tending to clear, from alleged fault or guilt; excusing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Fitted or intended to clear from a charge of fault or guilt; exonerating; excusing: as, exculpatory evidence.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. clearing of guilt or blame


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  • BRAND: I think you would want to press the procedures that were used, see whether the wiretaps have been legitimately authorized, whether all the material that was wiretapped, including some things that we lawyers call exculpatory -- that is, things that tend to prove your innocence -- are not on the tapes or that should be on the tapes and available to you.

    CNN Transcript Dec 11, 2008

  • Local public defenders wonder whether police preserve so-called exculpatory videos, the kind of tapes that could get a client off the hook.

    CNN Transcript Jul 10, 2007

  • I look for the so-called exculpatory evidence in any case because it's only going to strengthen an investigation.

    CNN Transcript Nov 17, 2006

  • FRANK BUCKLEY, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Michael Jackson attorney Ben Brafman carried binders that he said contained more than 100 items of so-called exculpatory material, things that would cast doubt on Jackson's guilt.

    CNN Transcript Apr 2, 2004

  • But most important, something called exculpatory evidence.

    CNN Transcript Sep 2, 2003

  • I mean, if there's anything that's more exculpatory, that is it.

    CNN Transcript Aug 23, 2001

  • These are the kinds of lies that courts used to excuse under a doctrine called the exculpatory no.

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  • His resignation was a big one, because he basically said, we are not giving people what we lawyers call exculpatory evidence, evidence that might show their non-guilt.

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  • Furthermore, prosecutors are only constitutionally required to disclose "exculpatory" evidence, or evidence that tends to negate guilt, under Brady v. Maryland.

    John Terzano: Expanding Discovery in Criminal Cases

  • In this correspondence, in these letters, they seem to be -- we haven't seen them but obviously the Salahis believe that this offers some kind of exculpatory evidence on their part that they at least had been led to believe from this exchange that they would be able to get into the White House.

    CNN Transcript Nov 30, 2009


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