ex·on·er·ate /ig-'zä-nə-ˌrāt, eg-/ vt -at·ed, -at·ing [Latin exonerare to relieve, free, discharge, from ex- out + onerare to burden, from oner- onus load]
1: to relieve esp. of a charge, obligation, or hardship
2: to clear from accusation or blame compare acquit, exculpate

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I verb absolve, absolve of a charge, acquit, clear, clear of an imputation of guilt, declare blameless, declare innocent, declare not guilty, discharge, discharge of responsibility, exculpate, excuse, forgive, free from accusation, free from blame, give absolution, grant a reprieve, grant amnesty, liberare, liberate, pardon, pronounce free from guilt, prove blameless, prove not guilty, purge, release from an obligation, release from liability, relieve, relieve from accusation, relieve of blame, relieve of liability, remit a penalty, set free, vindicate associated concepts: indemnify II index absolve, acquit, clear, condone, discharge (liberate), discharge (release from obligation), disencumber, exculpate, excuse, extenuate, extricate, forgive, free, justify, liberate, palliate (excuse), pardon, quit (free of), release, remit (release from penalty), vindicate

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

To absolve; to release from blame or obligation.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

v. To clear of guilt or responsibility, particularly to establish the innocence of a prisoner on death row.
See also exculpate.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

Removal of a charge, responsibility, or duty.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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