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Definition: Exculpatory

Quick Summary of Exculpatory

Clearing of guilt or blame

What is the dictionary definition of Exculpatory?

Dictionary Definition

Excusing or clearing of any wrongdoing.

adj. applied to evidence which may justify or excuse an accused defendant’s actions and which will tend to show the defendant is not guilty or has no criminal intent.

Full Definition of Exculpatory

If a person makes an exculpatory statement, he or she is rejecting or denying culpability (blame) for a crime. For example: I didn’t do nuffin. The opposite, an Inculpatory statement, is an acceptance of culpability. Sometimes a statement that purports to be a Confession will contain mixed inculpatory and exculpatory elements: Alright, I done the robbery, but I didn’t shoot no-one.

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Definition Sources

Definitions for Exculpatory are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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