ex·cul·pa·to·ry /ek-'skəl-pə-ˌtōr-ē/ adj: tending or serving to exculpate
an exculpatory clause in a contract compare inculpatory

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

index defensible, mitigating

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

A description of evidence in a criminal trial that serves to justify, excuse, or introduce a reasonable doubt about the defendant's alleged actions or intentions. Exculpatory evidence may ultimately show that the defendant is not guilty. No wonder police and prosecutors must, to uphold the defendant's constitutional right to due process, tell the defense about any exculpatory evidence they've discovered.
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

   applied to evidence which may justify or excuse an accused defendant's actions and which will tend to show the defendant is not guilty or has no criminal intent.

Law dictionary. . 2013.


Look at other dictionaries:

  • Exculpatory — Ex*cul pa*to*ry Clearing, or tending to clear, from alleged fault or guilt; excusing. An exculpatory letter. Johnson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • exculpatory — 1780s, from EXCULPATE (Cf. exculpate) + ORY (Cf. ory) …   Etymology dictionary

  • exculpatory — mitigating mitigating adj. serving to reduce blame; of situations; as, mitigating factors; mitigating circumstances. Opposite of {aggravating}. [Narrower terms: {exculpatory}] Syn: extenuating. [WordNet 1.5 +PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • exculpatory — /ekskalpat(6)riy/ Clearing or tending to clear from alleged fault or guilt; excusing. Baird v. State, 246 S.W.2d 192, 195. See exculpatory statement or evidence Compare incriminate …   Black's law dictionary

  • exculpatory — exculpate ► VERB formal ▪ show or declare to be not guilty of wrongdoing. DERIVATIVES exculpation noun exculpatory adjective. ORIGIN Latin exculpare free from blame …   English terms dictionary

  • exculpatory — adjective Date: 1781 tending or serving to exculpate …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • exculpatory — /ik skul peuh tawr ee, tohr ee/, adj. tending to clear from a charge of fault or guilt. [1770 80; EXCULPATE + ORY1] * * * …   Universalium

  • exculpatory — adjective /ək.ˈskʌɫ.pə.ˌtɔ.ri/ excusing or clearing of any wrongdoing. Syn: exonerative …   Wiktionary

  • exculpatory — adj. freeing from blame, declaring innocent …   English contemporary dictionary

  • exculpatory — a. Excusatory, vindicative, vindicatory, exonerative …   New dictionary of synonyms

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