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acquittal

Acquittal is a legal word that defendants love to hear because it means "not guilty."

In the 15th Century, an acquittal referred to the payment of a debt, but now it means being freed of charges against you in court. In fact, now the word is really used only in a legal sense. It's from the Latin ad "to" plus quitare meaning "set free." Getting an acquittal is still like being set free. Free to do what you want, any old time! So now the only time you'll need the word is in court, and it's one word you hope to hear if you've been busted.

Definitions of acquittal
  1. noun
    a judgment of not guilty
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    Antonyms:
    condemnation, conviction, judgment of conviction, sentence
    (criminal law) a final judgment of guilty in a criminal case and the punishment that is imposed
    type of:
    final decision, final judgment
    a judgment disposing of the case before the court; after the judgment (or an appeal from it) is rendered all that remains is to enforce the judgment
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