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Noun: exculpation  ,eks-kul'pey-shun
  1. A defence of some offensive behaviour or some failure to keep a promise etc.
    "he kept finding exculpations to stay";
    - excuse, alibi, self-justification
  2. The act of freeing from guilt or blame

Derived forms: exculpations

Type of: account, defence [Brit, Cdn], defense [US], forgiveness, pardon, vindication

Encyclopedia: Exculpation