exonerate Definition

  • 1to officially state that someone who has been blamed for something is not guilty
  • 2to remove blame or responsibility for something from someone

Using exonerate: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "exonerate" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The DNA evidence exonerated him of the crime.

  • Example

    The report exonerated the company of any wrongdoing.

  • Example

    The investigation exonerated the police officer of any misconduct.

exonerate Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for exonerate

Antonyms for exonerate

Phrases with exonerate

  • to prove one's innocence or remove suspicion of guilt


    He was able to exonerate himself by providing an alibi.

  • to clear someone of responsibility for something


    The evidence exonerated her from blame in the accident.

  • to release someone from legal responsibility for something


    The contract exonerates the company from liability for any damages.

Origins of exonerate

from Latin 'exonero', meaning 'to free from a burden'


Summary: exonerate in Brief

The verb 'exonerate' [ɪɡˈzɒnəreɪt] means to officially declare someone not guilty or remove blame or responsibility from them. It is often used in legal or official contexts, as in 'The report exonerated the company of any wrongdoing.' The phrase 'exonerate oneself' means to prove one's innocence, while 'exonerate from blame' and 'exonerate from liability' mean to clear someone of responsibility or legal obligation.