[ ig-zon-uh-rey-shuhn ]
Part of Speechnoun, nounOrigin + Etymology
Late Middle English; from Latin exonerat- ‘freed from a burden’, from the verb exonerare, from ex- ‘from’ + onus, oner- ‘a burden’
nounthe act of relieving someone of an obligation or duty
nounthe act of clearing someone of blame or of an accusation or criminal charge
nounThe exoneration of certain taxes for small businesses during the global pandemic was key to their survival in times of economic hardship.
nounThe exoneration was just as important as the release from prison for the falsely accused inmate.
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