exoneration
[ ig-zon-uh-rey-shuhn ]
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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’
Synonyms
noun
dismissexemptjustifyexcept
noun
absolveacquitdischargepardonvindicate
Antonyms
noun
employengagehireholdburden
noun
blamecondemnconvictdamnpunishsentence
Definition
nounthe act of relieving someone of an obligation or duty
nounthe act of clearing someone of blame or of an accusation or criminal charge
Examples
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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