WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
ex•cul•pate  (ekskul pāt′, ik skulpāt),USA pronunciation v.t.,  -pat•ed, -pat•ing. 
  1. to clear from a charge of guilt or fault; free from blame;
    vindicate.
ex•cul•pa•ble  (ik skulpə bəl),USA pronunciation adj.  ex′cul•pation, n. 
  • Latin exculpātus freed from blame, equivalent. to ex- ex-1 + culpātus blamed (past participle of culpāre; see culpable)
  • 1650–60

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