Definition of exculpate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

exculpate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈekskʌlpeɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈekskʌlpeɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they exculpate
BrE BrE//ˈekskʌlpeɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈekskʌlpeɪt//
 
he / she / it exculpates
BrE BrE//ˈekskʌlpeɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈekskʌlpeɪts//
 
past simple exculpated
BrE BrE//ˈekskʌlpeɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈekskʌlpeɪtɪd//
 
past participle exculpated
BrE BrE//ˈekskʌlpeɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈekskʌlpeɪtɪd//
 
-ing form exculpating
BrE BrE//ˈekskʌlpeɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈekskʌlpeɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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exculpate somebody (formal) to prove or state officially that somebody is not guilty of something The defendant was able to exculpate himself from liability. Word Origin mid 17th cent.: from medieval Latin exculpat- ‘freed from blame’, from the verb exculpare, from ex- ‘out, from’ + Latin culpa ‘blame’.
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