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

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exculpate /ˈɛkskʌlˌpeɪt; ɪkˈskʌlpeɪt/ vb
  1. (transitive) to free from blame or guilt; vindicate or exonerate
Etymology: 17th Century: from Medieval Latin exculpāre, from Latin ex-1 + culpāre to blame, from culpa fault, blame

exculpable /ɪkˈskʌlpəbəl/ adj ˌexculˈpation n exˈculpatory adj

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