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exculpation

Definitions of exculpation
  1. noun
    the act of freeing from guilt or blame
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    type of:
    forgiveness, pardon
    the act of excusing a mistake or offense
  2. noun
    a defense of some offensive behavior or some failure to keep a promise etc.
    synonyms: alibi, excuse, self-justification
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    types:
    extenuation, mitigation
    a partial excuse to mitigate censure; an attempt to represent an offense as less serious than it appears by showing mitigating circumstances
    type of:
    defence, defense, vindication
    the justification for some act or belief
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