Wednesday Word for December 11, 2019


Today’s words come from the newspaper.

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Today’s Word

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Part of Speech



  • Tending or serving to clear from alleged fault or guilt.
  • Applied to evidence that might justify or excuse an accused defendant’s actions, and which will tend to show the defendant is not guilty or has no criminal intent.
  • Serving to exculpate, or to absolve.


The first recorded use of exculpatory was in the mid- to late-eighteenth century. This adjective comes from the Medieval Latin exculpatus, and traces back to the Latin noun culpa, meaning “blame.” Something exculpatory frees a suspect from accusations.

Usage and Examples

Here are a few examples:

  • The exculpatory evidence turned over by the prosecutor likely saved Darrold’s life.
  • The facts were exculpatory to the defendant.


acquit, exonerate, vindicate


inculpatory, criminate, incriminate

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