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Adjective: exculpatory  ik'skúl-pu,to-ree [N. Amer], ik'skúl-pu-t(u-)ree [Brit]
  1. Clearing of guilt or blame
    "The defendant is entitled to the benefit of any exculpatory statements"

See also: absolvitory, clean-handed, exonerative, extenuating, forgiving, guiltless, innocent, justificative, justificatory, vindicatory

Antonym: inculpatory [archaic]

Encyclopedia: Exculpatory