ex·cul·pate (ĕkskəl-pāt′, ĭk-skŭl-)
tr.v. ex·cul·pat·ed, ex·cul·pat·ing, ex·cul·pates
To clear of guilt or blame.
[Medieval Latin exculpāre, exculpāt- : Latin ex-, ex- + Latin culpa, guilt.]
ex·culpa·ble (ĭk-skŭlpə-bəl) adj.
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