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exculpatory

Does the blood on the kitchen knife not match that on the accused's clothes? That's exculpatory evidence: anything that clears someone or something of guilt or blame is exculpatory.

Exculpatory comes from the Latin word exculpat, meaning "freed from blame." The verb exculpate means to free from guilt or blame. Both words are used most often in a legal or technical sense rather than in everyday conversation — unless of course you're trying to show off.

Definitions of exculpatory
  1. adjective
    clearing of guilt or blame
    Synonyms:
    absolvitory, exonerative, forgiving
    providing absolution
    extenuating
    partially excusing or justifying
    justificative, justificatory, vindicatory
    providing justification
    clean-handed, guiltless, innocent
    free from evil or guilt
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    Antonyms:
    inculpative, inculpatory
    causing blame to be imputed to
    accusative, accusatory, accusing, accusive
    containing or expressing accusation
    comminatory, denunciative, denunciatory
    containing warning of punishment
    condemnatory, condemning
    containing or imposing condemnation or censure
    criminative, criminatory, incriminating, incriminatory
    charging or suggestive of guilt or blame
    damnatory, damning
    threatening with damnation
    recriminative, recriminatory
    countering one charge with another
    guilty
    responsible for or chargeable with a reprehensible act
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